Why Albert Boufarah, Founder and CEO of SAMR Inc, Believes In The Future of Electronics Recycling

Located in Lakewood, NJ, Albert Boufarah is helping the environment by properly recycling old electronics. Over 20 years ago, Albert Boufarah started the company SAMR Inc to develop safe ways to manage electronic waste. SAMR Inc is in the business of computer, laptop, & smartphone recycling, as well as any item that is plug or battery powered. As a passionate CEO, Albert Boufarah believes in the importance of a non-toxic environment for the future. 

What Is Electronic Waste?

Electronic waste (or e-waste) includes the aforementioned items, as well as stereo systems, automatic coffee machines & digital devices. SAMR Inc recycles TVs, computer monitors, keyboards, circuit boards, flashlights, smartphones, digital cameras, VCRs, MP3 players, microwaves, and toasters. If a device is no longer useful, SAMR Inc can help remove & recycle it responsibly.

SAMR Inc’s recycling programs prevent electronic waste from ending up in landfills & other areas where their toxic components can cause potential harm to all forms of life. Elements such as mercury, chromium & manganese are found in these devices, and exposure to them may cause damage to your nervous or digestive systems.

Electronic waste is especially prominent in businesses and schools, since both need to replace their devices to be able to perform at their highest levels. Many that routinely update their equipment will often improperly dispose of their outdated devices in the household trash, which is illegal in many jurisdictions. All types of electronics contain contaminants that can damage land and water systems if not handled correctly.

Why It Is Important To Recycle Old Computers

Recycling old computers has several benefits, among which are saving money & energy, but that only scratches the surface of what can be accomplished.

By recycling valuable metals, new electronics can be manufactured. Copper, aluminum, platinum, silicon, tin, and plastic can be reused several times without any damage. Used material from smartphones and computers can continue to create the same device or support new designs in technology. Repurposing metals helps to stabilize or reduce the price of new devices. Depending on the process, recycling will circulate the same electronic parts for decades. 

In numerous parts of the country, improper disposal of electronic waste is illegal. Twenty-five states currently have laws regarding electronic waste recycling. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. are among the areas with laws and regulations. Most of these laws require the electronics manufacturer to recycle old devices. Some manufacturers will collect materials, while others provide bins for individual use.

The Way To Recycle Electronic Waste

E-waste & computer recycling is worthwhile for many reasons. Even if an electronic device no longer functions, it can still have a purpose.

SAMR Inc: Over two decades of responsible electronics recycling

SAMR Inc was established by Albert Boufarah at the turn of the millennium with the goal of keeping electronics out of landfills and giving obsolete devices a new lease on life. In addition, data destruction & HIPAA compliance has always been at the core of what they do.

Hard drives are all wiped and/or shredded & electronic devices are taken apart. Valuable materials such as gold, copper, tin, and plastic are reused to create new devices. Since these materials are widely used, they can be circulated throughout the country.

As a recycler that counts many medical facilities, schools & financial firms among its clients, SAMR Inc places strong emphasis on keeping data secure. Strict measures are taken to ensure this, including DOD standard wipes and physical destruction of drives. Certificates of recycling are issued confirming successful destruction of data.

Data Breaches 

Businesses that do not recycle e-waste can face a variety of issues. Data breaches are much more likely if old computers or company cell phones are improperly disposed of. In addition to personal security, legal regulations must be followed in several states. 

A professional recycler that specializes in electronics & laptop recycling is best equipped for these tasks, as they go through the challenge of obtaining licenses for this purpose along with keeping them in good standing. 

The Environmental Impact from Recycling Old Electronics

Recycling old computers and other electronic devices can reduce energy consumption. Manufacturing new electronics requires much more time and energy than reusing pre-existing material. By preventing unused electronics from ending up in landfills, recycling can decrease toxins from being absorbed in land, air and water.

Mercury, lead, and other toxic elements are frequently found in electronic devices. Depending on where those devices end up, they may potentially release chemicals into the atmosphere. If not handled properly, they can cause issues with the health of all living creatures. E-waste recycling can limit the likelihood of these events occurring. By reusing vital material and keeping harmful contents out of landfills, recycling companies help people and the world around them.  

Clay Miller
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