FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FROM: Northeast Surplus & Materials, LLC
440 Shonnard Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Contact: Jim Moltion 315-476-4025
NORTHEAST SURPLUS & MATERIALS, LLC
DEVELOPS GROUNDBREAKING CIRCUIT BOARD RECYCLING SYSTEM
First-ever system of its type safely and efficiently recovers
and valuable metals from discarded circuit boards
Syracuse, NY electronics recycler answers U.N. call
for toxic electronics waste reduction solutions
SYRACUSE, N.Y. November 30, 2006
Northeast Surplus & Materials, LLC, a Syracuse based Central
New York electronics recycler, has announced the completion of work
on a revolutionary new circuit board recycling system.
The system's development comes at a time when communities
across the country are scrambling to figure out what to do about the
huge growth of electronics trash that is causing health problems and
polluting the environment. The recent release of a U.N. study
outlining the need for member countries to take actions to slow the
tide of toxic electronic devices entering landfills worldwide has
further brought the issue to the forefront, both domestically and
The new patent-pending system efficiently and safely recovers
reusable parts and valuable metals from discarded circuit boards.
According to Jim Moltion, Northeast president, the new
environmentally friendly, one-operator circuit board "depopulator"
system removes over 300,000 parts a week during a normal 40-hour
The new system uses very little energy and leaving virtually
nothing to go into landfills. "At the end of the system's two
combined processes, virtually nothing is left of the computer or
electronic device to go into the waste stream," Moltion
said. "Everything is consumed or made into reusable resources. It's
important that as few of these electronic items make it into our
landfills as possible because many contain very toxic materials.
"Other U.S. electronics recyclers take a more labor-intensive
approach, using hotplates and hair dryers to separate these parts,
Moltion said. "That's an expensive, messy process that unnecessarily
exposes workers to toxic fumes," Moltion said.
The development of the system was made possible through the
New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in
2000 as part of its Environmental Products Development Program, which
assists in the development of products and systems designed to treat,
process, or reuse waste products using less energy in the process.
NYSERDA provided funding in the amount of more than $230,000, with
the overall project totaling more than $460,000.
"NYSERDA has a long-standing role in developing waste and
pollution reduction projects," said Peter R. Smith, NYSERDA
president. "These programs are beneficial to private industry, as
well as communities across the state. NYSERDA's funding programs can
help companies like Northeast Surplus & Materials, LLC to develop and
market energy-efficient recycling technologies designed to address
serious waste management problems."
The company is currently working out details with a few of
the country's largest computer manufacturers for them to buy systems
from Northeast to recover usable circuit board components using the
new system, according to Moltion. All the raw metals recovered from
the process are sold to smelters for reuse in making such items as
new electronics and jewelry.
Investment is currently being sought for the commercial-ready
system, and the company has plans to sell or license it to others in
the worldwide recycling industry, Moltion said. The National Safety
Council estimates that over 600 million computers will be abandoned
in 2007 and that the number will grow steadily over the next few
years. To date, only about 10% of theses will be recycled. The rest
will either be put into landfills or packed into ocean containers and
shipped overseas where the recycling regulations aren't as strict as
those of this country. (See www.ban.org) Also, Recycling operations
there are permitted to use such pollutant methods as bathing circuit
boards in acid to remove gold and other metals before stripping them
off by hand, according to Moltion.
The types of electronic equipment Northeast recycles include:
monitors, computers, printers, fax machines, typewriters, copy
machines, and other various home electronics. A complete list of
recyclable items can be found at the company Web site, located at:
www.northeast-surplus.com, along with an online quote form.
Because of the work involved in electronics recycling, the
company charges a small fee for its services. "It's a small price to
pay to help save the environment and create jobs for the community,
however," Moltion said. But Northeast does all it can to make using
its services as easy and painless as possible, Moltion said. The
company will come to a customer's location to pick items up, if
About Northeast Surplus & Materials, LLC
Northeast Surplus & Materials, LLC, is a Syracuse-based Central New
York electronics recycler that has been in business since 1996. For
more information, call (315) 476-4025
or visit www.northeast-surplus.com
We are looking for more work and someone to partner with us on this
new equipment. Jim Moltion - 315-476-4025