Turtle Wings is an R2 and ISO 14001 certified company. Our process for e-waste is certified by an outside third party annually. Turtle Wings has a no e-waste landfill initiative and is determined to recycle all parts of the electronic equipment received. Our recycling and dismantling facilities are all in the U.S. and comply with all applicable, local, state and federal regulations. When items come into our recycling facility, they immediately go through an inspection process. If the items are thought to have value and re-sale potential, they are then sent to our staging and testing area of our recycling facility. If not they are sent to the dismantle line for disassembly.
For working equipment, our technicians complete basic tests and evaluations. If the items are complete and pass the testing, they are then put through more advanced tests such as having the hard drives tested, wiped down to a C: prompt and possibly formatted. All of our employees undergo a background check, sign a confidentiality agreement and are thoroughly trained in security procedures.
The next steps for the units that are deemed not for sale or non-working are to be manually dismantled for parts. When the items are dismantled, they are segregated into various Gaylord boxes where like materials are kept together. These raw materials could consist of items such as steel, copper, aluminum, glass, plastic, circuit boards, memory chips and power supplies. These raw materials are then sent to thoroughly vetted re-processors who use them in other manufacturing processes. Monitors are sent domestically for glass-to-glass recycling. Turtle Wings requires that raw materials recovered be used in the most environmentally friendly way in keeping with our mission of being globally responsible.
We are committed to preserving and protecting the global environment and hold all of our downstream re-processors to the same high standards. We perform annual audits and site visits to downstream vendors as well as requiring complete paperwork audit trails and certifications. Turtle Wings has all the electronic recycling processes, certifications and credentials to effectively recycle computers.