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About Paul Tumlinson

President & CEO X-Press Micro, Inc.

October 2013

Our Rising Mountain of E-Waste

By |October 21st, 2013|

Americans throw away more than 3 million tons of electronic devices each year. To help you understand this number, a mountain built of 10,000 empty Boeing 747s would weigh about 3 million tons. Our mountain, however, is composed mostly of computers, monitors, cell phones, mobile devices, and televisions. Every day of the year we dispose of about 142,000 computers and 416,000 mobile devices alone.
Where does all this e-waste come from?
In the United States, we accumulate e-waste as a direct result of our insatiable hunger to upgrade to the latest technologies. This hunger is fueled by manufacturing practices that build […]

September 2013

The Why and How of Mercury Recycling

By |September 25th, 2013|

Remember that old, heavy glass thermometer your grandma used to have? It had mercury inside of it. There’s a reason why those thermometers are things of the past; mercury is a highly toxic substance that leaches its way into the air, the water, and the food chain. That’s why it’s important to understand that, despite worldwide efforts to cut back on the mining and use of mercury, this toxic element is still present in your household today.
What common products contain mercury?
Small amounts of mercury are used in a wide variety of products commonly found in your home. These include […]

August 2013

The Evolution of the Scrap Metal Recycling Industry

By |August 23rd, 2013|

Americans have been recycling scrap metals since the days of the American Revolution. Notable figures like Paul Revere and George Washington called for patriots to contribute scrap metal to the cause ‒ and the new nation responded with chain from ships, iron kettles, and household cooking pots, all of which were melted down to make weapons and ammunition for the ragtag Revolutionary Army.
Beginnings ‒ late 19th century and early 20th century
Like so many American immigrant “rags to riches” stories, the roots of today’s multi-billion dollar scrap metal recycling industry began with lone street peddlers and their horse-drawn carts. The […]

July 2013

The Hidden Hazards of Electronic Waste

By |July 12th, 2013|

Your computer, cell phone, iPod, television, or tablet is perfectly safe for you to use and enjoy. But old, out of date electronics present a real hazard to human health when they’re not properly recycled.

In the United States, we throw out nearly 400 million pieces of electronic waste (often called “e-waste”) every year. It’s the most rapidly expanding portion of the tons of garbage we generate annually. Current EPA estimates indicate that more than 80% of our e-waste ends up in incinerators and landfills instead of being recycled.

When we fail to recycle e-waste, toxics build up in landfills and […]

June 2013

A Common Sense Approach to Printed Circuit Board Recycling

By |June 20th, 2013|

Here’s a simple question: Which is better for your business – paying for a service, or having the service provider pay you?

It seems like a genuine no-brainer. Yet many businesses fail to take advantage of the extra value inherent in electronics recycling.
Breaking it down
According to the United States Geological Survey, outdated office computer systems are a potential gold mine – in literal terms. Their statistics show a metric ton of electronic scrap contains more usable gold than 17 metric tons of gold ore.

The circuit boards inside your obsolete computers contain palladium, gold, copper, and silver. Sitting in a corner […]

May 2013

The Value of Scrap Circuit Boards

By |May 27th, 2013|

Before your company disposes of old computer systems, consider the value of recycling them. Recycling circuit boards is the environmentally responsible way to manage office system overhauls, and there are additional financial incentives that make it the most practical option too.
Why recycle?
Electronic components include a variety of toxic materials, including mercury, cadmium, and lead. When computers end up intact in landfills, these chemicals leach directly into the groundwater and spread into our food supply. Proper recycling eliminates many of these risks.

Beyond the environmental benefits, recycling offers real monetary value. Computer boards and integrated circuits contain scrap gold and other […]

April 2013

CRT Computer Recycling

By |April 12th, 2013|

Electronic recycling, i.e. recycling of disposed electronic devices and components like CRTs, has become a pressing issue today as electronic waste is one of the most toxic wastes and is rapidly growing in quantity. It’s a growing threat to environment and safety. Finding alternate use for materials present in the disposed components, donating the components for use in charity or dismantling the electronic components in a way that makes it possible to safely extract the important materials constituting the device and these materials can be conveniently reused in other products.

The sudden rise in electronic waste is due to recent […]

March 2013

Welcome To X-Press Micro

By |March 7th, 2013|

Welcome to our newly designed website. Our #1 goal is to easily reachable and responsive to any online requests. We are here to help you with your electronic components supply and electronic and computer recycling projects.

Contact us anytime with questions or order requests with our contact page using the upper left-hand contact menu item. We will respond quickly with answers or free quotes to help you bid out your project.

We are quite proud of our ISO 9001 Quality, 14001 Environmental and 18001 Occupational Health and Safety certifications, offering over 76 million electronic components with quick and efficient shipment. Our […]