Our Methods

C & I Electronics maintains careful and strict methods by which we operate.

Check In

As required by the State of Indiana, equipment is checked in and weighed at our facility according to customer. Each lot of equipment submitted is separately tracked through our computer system, giving us the ability to generate a summary of the items received for our customer’s records. By request, we can also submit a more detailed spreadsheet with corresponding equipment asset and serial numbers. We first look at reuse opportunities for whole units, then parts. Data containing devices such as hard drives, data tapes, and CD-ROM disks are wiped or destroyed according to our customer’s requirements. Items that have no value are either dismantled and separated into categories such as plastic, metal, and electronic boards, or sent as whole units to our recycling partners who possess the machinery and environmental controls needed to properly recycle these complex materials. If we can properly recycle materials locally, we choose this option first.

Downstream

Outgoing weight is recorded regardless of whether it is a PC sold to a local customer or a truckload of material being sent to one of our recycling customers. Transparency is our goal so that our customers, as well as inspectors and auditors, can easily assess the success of our recycling operations. Our goal is to not only achieve the highest rate of recycling, but to also work with those recycling partners who are dedicated to recovering the maximum amount of materials using methods that protect worker safety and the environment.

All outgoing shipments of e-waste are recorded on our shipment manifests. Bills of Lading are maintained for each shipment. C & I Electronics retains all records of incoming and outgoing shipments for a minimum of 3 years.

Environmental Policy

C & I Electronics is committed to the reuse and recycling of used and end of life electronics and any or all other materials associated with this process, such as paper or plastics. Our goal is to reuse and recycle large quantities of electronics from our regional area and demonstrate that a qualified electronics recycler can exist and thrive in a smaller market by reaching a higher percentage of the market. Our policy is to promote the reuse of equipment over recycling, as it is more economically and environmentally responsible, while continuing to expand the reach of our recycling services in and around our community in order to reduce the amount of electronics entering the landfill.

In order to manage this process in a systematic way, we have established an integrated Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) which conforms to three internationally recognized standards: R2:2013, the Responsible Recycling of Electronics, ISO 14001:2015, an Environmental Management System, and OHSAS 18001:2007, an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series. The general EHSMS principals to which C & I Electronics commits are:

  • the reuse instead of recycling of equipment when possible
  • the prevention of pollution and the reduction of waste
  • the prevention of injury and ill health
  • an assessment of health and safety hazards\risks, as well as environmental aspects and impacts that appropriately pertain to the organization
  • the identification and compliance to applicable legal and other requirements that relate to the EHSMS and the R2 Standard
  • the creation of policies, objectives, procedures, and plans that make up the EHSMS, which shall be documented, maintained, and checked periodically as defined within the system
  • continual improvement of the EHSMS as measured by the systems’ performance
  • the communication of EHSMS obligations and expectations to both our employees and to the public in a variety of ways
  • conformance to the principals of the R2 Standard that follow a “reuse, recover, energy recovery, dispose” hierarchy of responsible management of electronics for recycle
  • the development of and adherence to C & I Electronics’ Focus Material Plan to ensure that electronics are recycled in the most environmentally responsible manner
  • the development, continual improvement, and adherence to C & I Electronics’ Quality Assurance Plan and related procedures for the reuse of equipment
  • a periodic review of the EHSMS and R2 guidelines to ensure the system remains relevant and appropriate to the organization’s needs

Together we strive to reuse and recycle the maximum percentage of material in the best possible way with the least impact on our environment, while promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.