The following list of people have recently donated their unwanted and used USB flash drives so that other people, who are less fortunate, can have access to this wonderful technology. Take a moment to appreciate those who put in the little bit of work to hopefully, make the world a little better of a place.
- Megan Schneider – Cincinnati, OH
- Claudia Leftherst – Walnut Creek, CA
- Holly Kondras – Terre Haute, IN
- Virginia Scarlett – Flintridge, CA
- Patricia Rodrigues – Littleton, CO
- Krystal Goetz – West Jordah, UT
- Chris Cameron – Braintree, MA
- Ted Stein – Bellevue, WA
- Emporium Warehouse – Anaheim, CA
- “MK” – Seattle, WA
- J Bingel – Venice, FL
- Sherry Woolridge – Pageton, WV
- Jen Roberts – Seatle, WA
- Eric Fredricks – Davenport, IA
- MCW – Geneseo, NM
- Laurin Moran – Denver, CO
- E George – Dallas, TX
- No Name – Beverly Hills, CA
- Diana Guevara – Edgewater, MD
- No Name – Pennington, NJ
- No Name – Concord, MA
Some general information about the elements of a USB flash drive which can be recycled or disposed of properly. This website does not “recycle” USB flash drives in the traditional sense, our goal is to repurpose the flash drives so less fortunate people can have access to this wonderful technology, free of charge.
Flash drives contain a variety of elements that can be recycled, such as plastics, metals, and rare-earth elements. Plastics can be recycled into new plastic products, while metals can be melted down and reused in new products. The rare-earth elements, such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and samarium, can also be recycled, though the process is more complicated and requires specialized equipment. Additionally, many flash drives contain small amounts of hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury, which must be disposed of properly.
Old plastics can be recycled into new plastics through a process called ‘chemical recycling’. This involves breaking down the plastic into its constituent parts and then reforming it into a new plastic. The chemical recycling process can be used to create a wide range of new plastic products, from packaging to bottles and containers. Additionally, chemical recycling can help reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills or the environment.
Rare earth elements, such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and samarium require specialized equipment to be recycled. This equipment typically includes shredders, smelting furnaces, and leaching systems. Additionally, the recycling process may also involve the use of chemicals and other hazardous materials, which must be handled with extreme care.
Recycling companies must properly dispose of lead and mercury in order to protect the environment and prevent contamination. Lead and mercury must be handled carefully, as they can be toxic if not handled properly. The recycling company should first isolate the lead and mercury, then place them in sealed containers for transport. The recycling company should then dispose of the lead and mercury in a hazardous waste facility, where it can be safely and properly disposed of.