Recycling Process

Receiving

Electronic equipment from around the nation is received at Windfield’s facilities. Upon receipt, all equipment is fully tracked, including tagging, labeling, and documentation. Our processes are ISO 14001:2004 certified.

Sorting & Auditing

Electronics are sorted by equipment type and destination. Items that have intrinsic value are removed for reuse and remarketing. Items that do not have any inherit value are categorized as scrap and continue on to the dismantling phase, which is the start of the recycling process. Information about each item is recorded as part of our detailed reporting process.

Various audits and tests are next performed on equipment. Our audits on electronics such as desktops, laptops, and supercomputers involve data erasure and destruction. These processes are all in compliance to strict government standards to ensure data is permanently removed and unrecoverable.

Dismantling

With much of the IT equipment received, dismantling is required. We carefully take electronic equipment apart by hand to ensure pieces are easy to recycle.

Shredding

Materials can next be put through a shredding process using our Sweed Custom PC1200 AC Shredder. Shredding reduces material down to less than 0.5 inch pieces and further destroys any remaining data found on hard drives and storage devices. Our shredding process is advanced and ensures the highest possible return to customers through the segregation of materials. Unlike the process used by some competitors, magnetic separators are used to extract ferrous and non-ferrous metal from shredded materials to ensure more precise and efficient final sorting.

Final Sorting

All resulting commodities are sorted into categories and packaged into bales or boxes for transport.

Commodity Sales

Resulting commodities like precious metalsaluminum, copper, and steel are reused in a number of ways and kept out of landfills.