When CEAR makes the determination that IT assets are no longer marketable or do not meet the criteria for our ITAM services, these items are processed through our recycling system.Pre-sorting
The initial step in our recycling process is pre-sorting. All items are physically separated and harvested for any useable parts. Batteries and toners are also removed for further processing.
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 and lamps or compact fluorescent bulbs, more safely removes environmental hazards such as mercury or lead from the scrap stream.
Centrifugal Separation Technology
We wanted to expend more space on our website to highlight the advantage that CEAR holds over all other similar recyclers. Consequently, the information below is critical to better perceive what we offer in terms of recycling.
Unlike any other U.S. recycler, CEAR employs Centrifugal separation technology to dismantle, shred and separate e-waste and yield clean commodities. Centrifugal separation technology relies upon basic physical laws and centrifugal force, the latter of which requires rotation around an axis. The force created by the rotation forces material in an outward direction, thereby sorting out substances of different density and composition.
At CEAR, we employ the same technique in our integrated recycling system which we fondly refer to as the “Big Green Machine.” Our dismantler applies chains and a spinning chamber to break down electronic materials by liberating them from their weakest point, rather than cutting the e-waste as with a traditional knife shredder. The Big Green Machine concentrates on breaking down the electronic materials into their composite parts in a single step and creates very clean metal fractions such as steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
This process allows easier and simpler retrieval of the dismantled materials, and at the same time, precludes the release of hazardous substances. In other words, no potentially hazardous material such as batteries and capacitors will be cut as they would with a knife shredder. Our entire system uses much less energy than a traditional knife shredder and overall is the most environmentally sound technology available. The Green Machine not only goes above US EPA standards, but it is also compliant with the European Union’s WEEE directive.
CEAR cherry picks approximately 80% of the material that is slated for recycling, all of which delivers clean mill-grade products that can be re-processed with minimal or no loss of their original physical properties. The possible applications (or re-applications) of these materials are infinite.
Of the 20% recyclable material that remains, it is shredded to a size of 4” to achieve the ideal point for automatic separation.
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.