Sims Expands Electronics Recycling to Mobile Devices

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

May 16, 2013

1 Min Read
Sims Expands Electronics Recycling to Mobile Devices

Sims Recycling Solutions has expanded its electronic recycling and asset management to include mobile devices.

The Chicago-based Sims said in a news release it has hired staff at its West Chicago facility to grade, test and repair mobile devices, including feature phones, smartphones and tablets.

To address two problems of the used mobile device market, Sims reached an agreement with CheckMEND, a used electronics information house, and developed a pricing evaluation system called Price Base. Through the partnership, Sims can assure customers that devices offered for resale are legitimate.

“Our customers can be confident that the same secure, certified and environmentally sound procedures we use to process other electronics will be used to refurbish, remarket and recycle their mobile devices,” said Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions, Americas.

Worldwide smartphone shipments totaled 216.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report from Farmingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp. By contrast, personal computer shipments for the quarter totaled only 76.3 units.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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