Recycling

ReUseIt is proud to be a responsible recycler.

The United States is the number one trash producing country in the world generating around 1,600 pounds of trash per person every year according to the IL Recycling Association. In other words, that’s five percent of the population generating 40% of the world’s waste. ReUseIt is doing our part to combat this staggering figure by collecting usable clothing & household items so that they do not end up being thrown into community landfills.

ReUseIt is dedicated to socially responsible recycling, and is committed to making a difference locally every day. Currently, the ReUseIt team helps keeps over 16-million pounds of useable clothing & household goods out of area landfills each year. That breaks down to over 43,500 pounds of usable items every day!

All of the usable items collected by ReUseIt are sold to local area thrift stores in order to help generate the much-needed funding for our local nonprofit partners. Any items not suited for retail are recycled through reputable recycling businesses that find new uses for them, turn them into usable rags, or distribute them to developing countries around the world.

Every effort is made to keep all items out of our landfills. This even includes the bags and cardboard boxes that hold the donations we collect.

In California’s North Bay Area and Bay Area, ReUseIt is proud to recycle with ecollective. In California’s Greater Sacramento Area, ReUseIt recycles with California Electronic Asset Recovery, Inc. (CEAR, Inc.) In New Mexico, ReUseIt recycles with W Silver Recycling, Inc. We take great pride in our commitment to recycling all unwanted and obsolete electronic waste items properly and responsibly.

ISSUE:

  • The US generates an average of 25 billion pounds of textiles (clothing, footwear, accessories, towels, bedding, drapery, etc) a year! That is about 82 pounds per US resident!
  • Of that 25 billion pounds, only 15% (3.8 Billion) gets recycled, leaving 85% (21 billion) to landfill!
  • The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.
  • The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.
  • The amount of Post Consumer Textile Waste (PCTW) in our landfills is GROWING! Between 1999 and 2000 the volume of PCTW generated grew by 40%, while the diversion rate grew by only 2%!

SOLUTION:

  • Since the mid 1940’s U.S. charities and the post-consumer textile recycling industry have repurposed and recycled billions of pounds of clothing, household textiles, shoes, and accessories. This ensures your old clothing, footwear, and textiles continue to add value to the U.S. economy and beyond.
  • More than ever it is easy to be green – simply donate and recycle what you buy and wear.

Does ReUseIt accept Electronics/E-Waste?

Yes. We accept electronic donations. We do offer all of our donations for resale, so it is important that you protect your privacy by deleting any personal data from your hard drives and digital/electronic devices.

Proudly working together with ecollective, powered by ECS Refining and California Electronic Asset Recovery, Inc., – two of the largest, most reputable electronics recycling organizations in the industry, ReUseIt guarantees that all unwanted and obsolete electronics not sold for resale in our California markets are destroyed and recycled properly. The recycling process involves many steps including separation, dismantling, shredding, smelting and reprocessing. As part of our California State reporting requirements, we do need your name, address and phone number. It is guaranteed that this information will be used for California State reporting purposes only.


With eollective please click:HERE.


With California Electronic Asset Recovery, Inc. (CEAR,Inc.) please click:HERE.

The ECS Process

ECS believes in providing a closed loop “Product Lifecycle” solution for electronic devices. This ecosystem has evolved over the past 30 years since the company’s inception. Starting with the process of post manufacturing scrap recycling in the 1980’s, we evolved a process that starts with testing a device which has 3 optional paths:

1. If a device is reusable, ECS Refining performs the necessary value add services before reintroducing it into the market.
2. If a device is not reusable, it is harvested for working parts to be reintroduced into the market.
3. If a device has completely reached the end of its useful life (EOL), it is refined into commodities to be manufactured into new products.
100% of the products we receive are resold or processed to raw materials. Recyclers, enterprises, manufacturers, municipalities, governments, solar companies, and other electronics producers or collectors are safe knowing the ECS will commit to the best, domestic and conscientious processing of your equipment.

The CEAR, Inc. Process

CEAR is a technological leader in the electronic waste industry and has been proudly providing service since the year 2000. Our client list includes major corporations, government agencies, small businesses, and civic organizations. Our business began with a vision for environmental sustainability and electronic asset recovery.

1. Pre-Sorting: The initial step in our recycling process is pre-sorting. All items are physically separated and harvested for any useable parts. Batteries, toners, and lamps are also removed for further processing.
2. Manual De-manufacturing: By manually separating material, CEAR can more evenly catalog the scrap, resulting in a purer form of commodity. In addition, the manual handling of items such as CRT tubes more safely removes environmental hazards such as mercury from the scrap stream.
3. Centrifugal Separation Technology: CEAR employs Centrifugal separation technology to dismantle, shred and separate e-waste, yielding clean commodities. Our entire system uses much less energy than a traditional knife shredder and overall is the most environmentally sound technology available.
4. State-of-the-art Separation Technology: With a continual investment in superior technology, our automatic separation has been designed to not only manage increased volume, but also distribute the output cleanly.