What is E-Waste?

Chances are good that if it plugs in, requires a manual and your electronics no longer work with the speed of the internet, then its e-waste.  The bad news is that e-waste may contain hazardous materials like mercury, cadmium, lead, flame retardants and other toxins; all of the things that you do not want to go into landfills or couless, as they often do.  All of these can pollute water and air resources without proper disposal or recycling.  For information on toxics in electronics, refer to the following link:

Electronics also contain valuable metals; gold, silver and copper are among the many components that can be used again in another manufacturing process. 

The typical electronics that constitute e-waste include:
  • televisions
  • computers
  • monitors
  • printers
  • radios
For a complete list of what REWIND recycles, click on the following file:

Responsible Recycling Practices

The electronics collected in 2019 were responsible collected and recycled by Yellowstone E-Waste in Billings.  See their website for detailed information about their recycling practices.


Historically before 2019, the electronics collected by REWIND were picked up by a 3rd party logistics partner (3PL) and shipped to ECS Refining in or Wisetek Solutions in California.  They specialize in end-of-life electronics recycling, the process by which obsolete electronic devices are dismantled and separated into clean, reusable commodities.  Their state of the art electronics facilities are e-Stewards and R2 Certified, designed to maximize materials recovery and eliminate harmful waste through a shredding and separation process that safeguards workers, the environment and the safety of any personal information.


After e-waste has been pre-picked to remove items that should not be shredded, it flows into the shredding line to be downsized for commodity separation.  The primary shredder breaks material down into 4”x10” fragments and the secondary shredder reduces it further into poker chip-sized fragments that are optimal for the separation processes.


The materials then enter the separation lines where it is segregated into various commodity types using sophisticated technologies including eddy currents, optical identification and magnetic separation.  The first separation stage divides materials into plastics and metals, and the second stage further separates the metal stream into different varieties.


After shredding and separation of the electronic waste, the resulting commodities such as varying grades and types of plastic, aluminum, steel, pc board and CRT glass are given new life for manufacturers and producers.

For information on the standards for responsible, certified, electronics recycling, refer to the following link: