How Does Recycling Work?
Electronics go through several steps before they are completely recycled.
When you visit a Cohen Recycling Center, simply drop off your item(s) to be weighed and processed in the warehouse. If your material has significant commodity value, a Cohen employee will direct you to the main office to receive payment.
Corporations & Municipalities
Cohen’s customized consultation and e-waste recycling management programs pickup, package, and process all obsolete electronics in our secure facility. If there is enough material that has significant commodity value, Cohen will offer a rebate on our pickup and packaging services. Learn more about Cohen’s customized, turnkey Enterprise Solutions»
The Recycling Process
- Cohen accepts electronic waste from manufacturers, companies, and consumers and processes it to meet mill and foundry specifications (based on the size, shape, form, and chemistry of the metal).
- When electronics arrive at our main processing facility they are categorized, inventoried, and stored in a secure, video monitored warehouse prior to processing.
- Each item is then assessed to determine if it has reuse value.
- Unless otherwise directed, electronics that remain viable are electronically wiped and then refurbished in-house or via one of Cohen’s fully audited partnering companies.
- Remaining electronics are dismantled to the commodity level and separated into various grades, plastics and metals. Hard drives and other data bearing devices are then shredded with our 30-Horsepower Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill.
- A mill or foundry buys the processed scrap and melts it down to make new steel or metal. Circuit boards are shredded then smelted or refined.
- Metal converters or fabricators buy material from mills or foundries to convert into usable metal forms.
- Manufacturers purchase the metal to make a product – electronics, appliances, automobiles, steel girders, and more. Scrap is often generated as a byproduct of the manufacturing process (this is called prime or industrial scrap).
- Companies and consumers purchase the product. At the end of the product’s lifecycle, it becomes scrap.
- The process begins again.