How does e-waste affect the enviroment?

Our services include, but not limited to: 

Collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) from SMEs, Corporates and Government sites. The collections are free provided the items weigh more than 1 ton/1000kg or fill a 1 Ton capacity vehicle (“bakkie”). 

ITAD (I.T. Asset Disposition) Disposing of excess and redundant IT and electronic equipment. 

Certified Data Destruction  

Recycling of Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals.

Other specialized services can be offered based on customer requirements. We follow an open-door policy and take pride in our people, our controlled recycling processes and what we have achieved in a sustainable way to protect our environment. 

Be assured of the Desco commitment to be a world class waste electrical and electronic equipment recycler in South Africa.

Collection of E-WASTE

In order to alleviate the pressure of companies having to find the time and transport to dispose their electronic waste responsibly, Desco Electronic Recyclers will come and collect the electrical and electronic equipment which is broken, obsolete or no longer in use.

Collections will be free of charge provided the total weight of collection is more than 1 ton/1000kg (Bakkie Load).

However, this can vary depending on the type of E-waste i.e. PCs or Printers

Secure Destruction

We offer a Data Destruction charged @ R20/unit excl. VAT & Secure Electronic Component Destruction of R10/kg.

All units brought for destruction are physically destroyed beyond repair. This includes Hard Drives, Magnetic Tapes, Tablets, Cellphones, GPS units and more. Following the destruction, a certificate is issued to the client to confirm DESCO followed all procedures in order to eliminate any chance of data leaks or electronic components put back into the market.

Recycling

A known carcinogen after occupational inhalation exposure.

Responsible RECYCLING

– DNA breaks can increase the likelihood of developing cancer (if the damage is to a tumor suppressor gene)

– DNA damages are a special problem in non-dividing or slowly dividing cells, where unrepaired damages will tend to accumulate over time. On the other hand, in rapidly dividing cells, unrepaired DNA damages that do not kill the cell by blocking replication will tend to cause replication errors and thus mutation

– Elevated Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) levels can cause damage to cell structures (oxidative stress)

Warehouse / Computer Room CLEAR-OUTS

We are ready to help you to clear out your warehouse or computer room in order to remove all of the e-waste taking up your valuable space. Desco Electronic Recyclers participates in Corporate Buy-Back Initiative is ensuring controlled and sustainable handling and recycling of redundant and obsolete equipment. We ensure data security by offering secure data and hardware destruction including Certificate of Destruction.

Americium

The radioactive source in smoke alarms. It is known to be carcinogenic.

Cadmium

Found in light-sensitive resistors, corrosion-resistant alloys for marine and aviation environments, and nickel-cadmium batteries. The most common form of cadmium is found in Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries. These batteries tend to contain between 6 and 18% cadmium. The sale of Nickel-Cadmium batteries has been banned in the European Union except for medical use. When not properly recycled it can leach into the soil, harming microorganisms and disrupting the soil ecosystem. Exposure is caused by proximity to hazardous waste sites and factories and workers in the metal refining industry. The inhalation of cadmium can cause severe damage to the lungs and is also known to cause kidney damage. Cadmium is also associated with deficits in cognition, learning, behavior, and neuromotor skills in children.

Hexavalent chromium:

A known carcinogen after occupational inhalation exposure.

There is also evidence of cytotixic and genotoxic effects of some chemicals, which have been shown to inhibit cell proliferation, cause cell membrane lesion, cause DNA single-strand breaks, and elevate Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) levels.

– DNA breaks can increase the likelihood of developing cancer (if the damage is to a tumor suppressor gene)

– DNA damages are a special problem in non-dividing or slowly dividing cells, where unrepaired damages will tend to accumulate over time. On the other hand, in rapidly dividing cells, unrepaired DNA damages that do not kill the cell by blocking replication will tend to cause replication errors and thus mutation

– Elevated Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) levels can cause damage to cell structures (oxidative stress)

BFR's

Found in Non-stick cookware (PTFE), used as an antistatic additive in industrial applications, and found in electronics. PFOAs are formed synthetically through environmental degradation and, in mice, after oral uptake. Studies in mice have found the following health effects: Hepatotoxicity, developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, hormonal effects and carcinogenic effects. Studies have found increased maternal PFOA levels to be associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and stillbirth. Increased maternal levels of PFOA are also associated with decreases in mean gestational age (preterm birth), mean birth weight (low birth weight), mean birth length (small for gestational age), and mean APGAR score.