E-recycler plans to process up to 15 million pounds of electronics this year
TINLEY PARK, IL., July 1, 2014—Mt. Pleasant, Mich.-based 3S International announced today that it has opened its first end-of-life electronics processing facility in Tinley Park, IL. Gina Yob, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 3S International, made the announcement.
The 60,000 square foot 3S facility houses the only BLUBOX unit in the country. BLUBOX is a proprietary technology that can reduce electronics into recyclable fragments and safely extract rare earth elements, including mercury – at a rate of 2,200 pounds an hour and 15 million pounds of electronics each year. 3S is the only company in the United States with the rights to the technology.
“Each year in the U.S., millions of tons of electronics are thrown away and up to 80 percent of the electronics given to recyclers end up either being re-sold, shipped overseas, or sent to a landfill,” Yob said. “This practice seriously and adversely affects communities and the environment, and also poses security risks to the data that electronic equipment contains. Our process shreds the electronics into their component materials. We do not landfill or resell.”
3S is already collecting and receiving end-of-life electronics throughout Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. The company boasts a 150-mile trade area and notes that one BLUBOX unit has the capability of meeting the e-recycling needs of 6 million people annually.
Individuals wishing to drop off their end-of-life electronics can do so at any Land of Lincoln Goodwill Store. 3S regularly picks up from those locations. With the first facility fully operational, 3S is already seeking its next location. The company’s goal is to open between six and ten facilities in the U.S. in the next three years. For more information, contact Gina Yob at (708) 263-0400 or [email protected].
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About 3S International
Founded by experienced professionals, 3S International’s safe, secure, and sustainable processes revolutionize electronics recycling. 3S International is a processor – not an asset manager, exporter or reseller. The company’s proprietary BLUBOX technology specializes in hazardous LCD and mercury-containing products to address previously unsolvable e-recycling issues and ensure that all electronics are recycled into reusable raw materials. 3S is headquartered in Mount Pleasant, Mich. and currently operates at Chicago’s Tinley Park. The leadership team has secured full certification in the highest industry standards, including ISO 14001 and e-Stewards, and is on track to open six to ten new facilities in the U.S. in the next three years. Visit www.3srecycling.com to learn more.