Midwest Electronic Recovery
Midwest Electronic Recovery protects your interests and the environment by employing state-of-the-art electronic recycling practices. Which is why MER is the largest computer and electronics recycling center in Iowa. For more than 10 years MER has offered electronic recycling solutions to communities, solid waste agencies, businesses, school districts, institutions, and individuals. Your electronic equipment and data is safest in our hands.
Midwest Electronic Recovery is a growing company which continues to invest in electronic recovery solutions. Recycling electronic equipment preserves natural resources and is an efficient means of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
MER continues to invest in sophisticated data destruction software and equipment to ensure your peace of mind. No one will have access to your databases, patented formulas, personal information, or proprietary technology.
- That information on media will be unrecoverable.
- Data destruction to fit your specific requirements.
- Dated, itemized and signed Certificated of Recycling or Certificates of Destruction
- Demanufacture of proprietary equipment systems or technology to protect your business’s sensitive or patented information.
Midwest processes your electronic equipment with two possible fates. Newer equipment is offered for sale to a second user after it has been refurbished, cleaned of asset tags, and the data storage devices sanitized. Older, obsolete, or broken equipment is de-manufactured into its individual component parts for recycling.
MER has two recycling facilities in Iowa. The three-acre, four-building, 40,000-square foot facility in Walford houses our state-of-the-art CRT processor; sorting, de-manufacturing and refurbishment. The Clive facility collects, refurbishes, and de-manufactures electronics on a smaller scale.
E-waste can be broken down into four main material categories; scrap metal and wire, mixed plastics, printed circuit boards, and leaded glass. We separate e-waste into 29 specific types of materials for more efficient recycling.
- Metals such as steel, iron, and aluminum go to a local scrap metal processor.
- Copper and scrap wire is collected for reuse.
- Plastics are separated and sent to be granulated for making new products from recycled plastic.
- Printed circuit boards are sent to smelters for extraction of the precious metals.
- Leaded glass is not recovered for material value but is processed to reduce its environmental impact. The glass called cullet is sent to a lead smelter for recovery.
At Midwest Electronic Recovery we know the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions is to recycle. Recycling preserves our natural resources and is an investment in sustainability.
That is why we have a policy of:
- Zero CRT export
All of the materials found in e-waste have a market in the recycling industry and virtually all of the electronics which enter our doors is refurbished for a second user or recycled.
We adhere to the highest standards of electronic recycling for the protection of our customers and the environment.
What Do We Accept?
Midwest Electronic Recovery currently accepts and recycles the following e-waste:
- Personal Computers
- Keyboards and Mice
- Copiers and Scanners
- Networking Hardware
- Disk Drives
- Servers and Mainframes
- Audio/Visual Equipment
- Computer Manuals
- Fax Machines
- Circuit Boards
- Cable and Satellite Equipment
- Computer Cables and Wires including Christmas tree lights
- Miscellaneous Electronic Equipment
We do not accept:
- Household appliances
- Lighting fixtures.
About Our Company
Midwest Electronic Recovery, established in 2000, is a computer and electronic recycling division of Midwest Computer Brokers Inc. We address the environmental risk of recycling and disposal of nonfunctioning and obsolete electronic equipment. Our discriminating clients, who range from large corporations to private individuals, enjoy the benefits of custom disposal services which include guaranteed data destruction, equipment recycling, and asset management services.
We are one of a handful of electronic recyclers which are able to demanufacture cathode ray tubes on site. Our state-of-the-art CRT recycling system allows us to safely break down CRTs for glass and metal recovery. Our process insures that dangerous materials are properly recycled. We are proud to have diverted millions of pounds of electronic waste from Midwestern landfills.
10 Important Questions to Ask Your Electronic Recycler
1. How do you process equipment?
Is manufacturing done on-site, or is equipment shipped to a different location for processing? If e-waste is processed on site, what methods are used to handle the materials? If equipment is shipped to other processors for handling, where does it go and what happens to it? Responsible recycling companies will have nothing to hide from its customers and will be able to tell you exactly what happens to your equipment and where the processing takes place.
2. What do you do with your CRTs?
The cathode ray tube found in computer monitors and televisions are the most environmentally harmful component of e-waste, so how a recycler handles CRTs may be the most important decision you can ask. First, make sure your recycler is not simply disposing of old CRT monitors in a landfill. If they are processing CRTs on site, ask how. Are they smashing CRTs in an open area? How do they assure that environmental standards are met? At our facilities, CRTs are processed in a state-of-the-art cathode ray tube recycling system that features a vaccum-sealed, HEPA air-filtered chamber that maintains environmental integrity.
3. Do you send any of the CRTs you collect overseas?
Exporting CRTs to third-world countries – Asia specifically – has become a cheap, popular scheme for less-than-reputable recyclers. Unfortunately, it also comes at a tremendous cost to the environment as slack regulations in poor countries allow for the use of horrendous processing methods for extracting materials – methods such as leaded class from CRTs being buried in open farm fields. Midwest Electronic Recovery adheres to a strict policy against shipping CRTs overseas, choosing instead to work only with companies who operate under similar environmental guidelines.
4. How much of what you process is disposed of in a landfill?
Is it really recycling if your equipment just ends up getting buried down at the county landfill? Our mission regarding handling e-waste is simple: reduce, reuse and recycle. Markets exist for all of the materials found in e-waste and Midwest Electronic Recovery does not dispose of any component of electronic equipment in a landfill. The e-waste that enters the doors of Midwest Electronic Recovery’s facility has one of two features: either it is refurbished for resale as computer equipment, or it is de-manufactured for transportation to an industrial facility for material reclamation.
5. Do you meet all federal, state, and local regulations?
While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has specific rules pertaining to disposal and handling of other regulations. Midwest Electronic Recovery is in 100% compliance with EPA regulations, and not only follows Iowa Department of Natural Resources guidelines, but is also certified by IDNR’s Electronics Recycling Administrative Rules Advisory Committee.
6. Do you employ prison labor to process equipment?
Because electronic recycling is such a labor intensive industry, many companies employ prisoners to perform de-manufacturing duties. Rather than pay criminals, We provide honest jobs to hard-working, tax paying individuals.
7. How do you limit liability to your clients?
If your recycler does not properly handle your company’s equipment, your business can still be held liable for clean-up or be found in violation of environmental regulations even though it was the recycler who was at fault. Proper Asset Management is a top priority at Midwest Electronic Recovery. We provid our customers with the necessary documentation, including Certificates of Recycling and Certificates of Destruction, to relieve you or your business from liability for the equipment and provide the peace of mind that your assets are properly recycled.
8. How do you provide data security?
In today’s society, nearly everything is accomplished with the aid of a computer – from financial transactions to product research an development to recording personal medical records. What happens to the information stored on these computers when they are recycled? Who will have access to your credit card numbers, your company’s patented information, details of your pension account or even a letter to your sister, when that computer leaves your hands? At Midwest Computer Brokers, we guarantee that all information stored in the equipment we process will be unrecoverable. If you prefer, we can even physically dismantle or destroy the equipment.
9. Can you provide references?
Every industry, and especially electronic recycling, demands a positive working relationship between a business and its customers. A good recycler should be able to provide you with several references of work similar to the service you are seeking. We can provide references from nearly every business sector: financial, manufacturing, education, publishing, telecommunications, health care, government agencies, and many others.
10. How much volume can you handle?
Your recycler has to be able to meet your unique requirements as a customer – that means everything from a single PC to 20 tons or more of miscellaneous electronic equipment. Midwest Electronic Recovery will accept any volume of equipment.