Frequently asked questions:
1. What type of certification is available to document that the equipment was properly recycled? Certificates of disposal, recycling, erasure, destruction, and transfer of asset ownership.
2. Does the firm have necessary state and local permits? Yes, please see about us for compliance, certifications, memberships and associations.
3. How does the facility manage the used computer and electronic equipment and waste?
Data Security- Any change to the possession of assets introduces an element of risk. Even an apparently simple change of possession can have an unexpected effect. The Risk Management process of Forever Green Recycle eliminates all risk. All of our employees are screened and receive a background check. We only transport assets with our own fleet or with a trusted company and always in locked containers or vehicles. All of our facilities are under 24-hour video surveillance. The most important of your assets is your intellectual property (IP) stored on a hard disk drive (HDD). Read more on about our process for your HDD once it reaches our facility.
Hard Disk Drives- “HDD come off the transportation vehicle and are stored in a locked room until the data wipe (erasure) or shredding process is complete, which we can certify. State of the art software, which meets the guidelines set forth in DOD 5220.22-M, is used for the data wipe process.
Desktop Computers- Computers are currently judged for resale or recycling based on MHz in the CPU. Those computers that do not meet the market’s minimum demand are “recycled” meaning de-manufactured for parts (i.e., boards, cards, RAM, ROM, Power Supply, cables, etc.). Computers that meet the market minimum and have a resale value are reused, redeployed, and remarketed.
Cell Phones and Their Batteries- All cell phones and their batteries are separated and stored in Gaylord boxes and shipped as mixed lots based on current markets. Prior to shipping, all Gaylord boxes are stored in accordance with OSHA and EPA standards of universal and non-hazardous waste.
Printers- Any printer visibly “broken,” having a cracked exterior or no longer assembled as one unit based on its original manufacture, are de-manufactured into plastic, metal, board, and wire groups. All printer residuals (paper, ink, toner, etc.) are separated out and sent to an approved downstream end-of-life processor. Any toner cartridge that is deemed “un-recyclable” by the downstream processor is sent for incineration based on our “No Landfill Policy.”
4. Has the company completed an environmental audit of these facilities? We recently completed an OSHA consultation to make sure that we were still up to date. At that time, we also requested an Industrial Hygienist to come in for an environmental audit. Since the safety of our staff is a primary concern, we are not expecting to find any issues.
5. Can the firm track the materials that it processes? Yes - we currently track weights and individual requests for serial number tracking for everything down to just the HDDs.
6. Does the firm have a Hazard Communication Plan, Worker Safety Training Program, and Right to Know Training Program? Yes, and we take advantage of the various classes offered through OSHA and DEQ to ensure that our Safety Committee and employees are up to date with the most current information and safety procedures available as often as possible.
7. What is the firm’s program for dealing with cathode ray tubes (CRT)? (We are not currently taking TVs due to closure of downstream vender)- Any monitor or TV that is found to be non-working but has good glass is sent on as a “Usable” device for “re-use”. Any monitor or TV found to be working but with some defect, such as “Screen Burn” is considered “unusable” and will be de-manufactured down to plastic, metal, boards, wires, and tube. All plastic, metal, boards, and wires are sent downstream to the end-of-life processor for their raw materials where they are reborn as a commodity. The CRT tube is sent to glass-to-glass recycling.
8. What is environmentally the best thing to do with your old TV set?- If the TV is in working condition, then use it for games, videos, and DVDs. If the TV is no longer working, then take it to a recycler. TVs contain recyclable materials and toxic components, which a responsible recycler can dispose of safely.
TVs can be recycled at Fairfax County Recycling Center Website with hours and two locations:
West Ox Transfer Station
4618 West Ox Rd,
Fairfax, VA 22030
I-95 Landfill Complex
9850 Furnace Road,
Lorton, VA 22079
or at Loudon County Landfill Website with hours and location,
Loudoun County Landfill
21101 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA 20175