PC Recycler Strikes Gold in Old Computer Chips

Posted by admin on November 28th, 2010 at 01:39am

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This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

Each year, Americans throw away millions of tons of electronic devices. That means business is good for a small electronics recycler in Chantilly, Virginia.

Company President Jeremy Faber established PC Recycler. He spoke to us from the floor of his company’s processing center. Workers were busy taking apart televisions, cell phones and computers — anything electronic.

Jeremy Faber says the flow of discarded electronics is only increasing.

JEREMY FABER: “Electronics recycling is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States right now.”

Recycling electronic waste is not a single job. Newer devices can be rebuilt and resold. Breaking down electronics into small parts for refiners to melt and purify is another part of the business. Operations Manager Andrew Portare says computer circuit boards are rich resources.

ANDREW PORTARE: “Boards have the highest scrap value in them so you can actually see on the back you’re looking at different types of metals. This one is a really good example. Some of the older ones are mainly all gold.”

Gold now sells for more than one thousand three hundred dollars an ounce. Twenty-five percent of PC Recycler’s sales come from selling parts to refiners.

Refining companies pay more than ten dollars a kilogram for computer boards. PC Recycler can also lift profits by holding metal-rich parts until prices rise.

ANDREW PORTARE: “If copper’s up one day, we can ship all of our copper extract and capitalize on the market.”

Computers also hold private or secret information. And securing that data is the fastest growing part of PC Recycler’s business. Completely removing data from a computer hard drive is not easy. PC Recycler can remove data magnetically or completely destroy and recycle the drives.

Discarding waste in a way that meets government environmental protection rules is also important. Old TVs can contain over a kilogram of lead as well as cadmium — both highly poisonous.

PC Recycler supports the Basel Action Network, which seeks to limit harmful waste and technology. The company says it does not export electronics to China, India or Africa where environmental rules are weak.

Jeremy Faber says PC Recycler has been in business since two thousand three, expanding from waste management to other, more technical services.

JEREMY FABER: “There really isn’t a lot of industries out there that are like this. There’s either the scrap industry where they’re shredding cars and shredding tires and there’s the refurbished PC market and we’re sort of sit right in between both of those.”

And that’s the VOA Special English Technology Report. Go to voaspecialenglish.com and click on the Classroom to explore our new English teaching activities. I’m Mario Ritter.

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8 Comments

  • 1. lung  |  November 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    price gold change consecutively.CPI high have sway the cost living for people.prime minister have control to ccorespond with present……

  • 2. hung  |  November 28th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Scrap industry inherently develope in Vietnam. So at least someone in you have joined in buying and selling unuseful stuff in your family. It’s a main income of many households so this work not only protect environment but also help people earn their living.

  • 3. candlelight  |  November 29th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    a good lesson for young guys Rycycle old anything become gold.there only isn’t computer chip ,even what anykinds it is too.i had ever buy clothes from inventory of companys to rycycle and distribution. and sell-out .a bet in my experience.bye bye

  • 4. Thuy  |  November 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    It’s very useful to recycle electronics but we must notice environment’s problem.

  • 5. hang  |  November 29th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    i think have many ways to protect our environment such as recycle something that it does use. Don’t throw away anything that you dont need, may be it is harmful for our health an environment

  • 6. lotuspham  |  December 1st, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I like this!

  • 7. nguyentruc  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    why do you recycle old future in your house?
    It is very useful in your life and it means you protect our planet
    GARBAGE IS GOLD!
    may be if you reuse it in your life
    I like this comment
    Thanks a lot!

  • 8. refurbished used pc  |  January 18th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    http://blogs.physicstoday.org/mt/mt-comments.cgi


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