Each year, a staggering number of metal products and electronic devices are disposed of by businesses and households. With rising complexity in the build of these items leading to recycling difficulties, discarded scrap metal and e-waste materials continue to pile up in landfills around the globe, contributing to environmental toxicity. Adding to the problem is that, even as businesses and individuals seek ways to recycle or resale their metal scraps and used electronic products, the lack of transparency in the recycling process prevents them from determining the quality of scraps and recycled materials and determining accurate end market values.
In one stroke, First America Metal Corp. DBA FAMCe addresses the entire gamut of metal commodities recycling issues faced by businesses, local communities, and households. The company recycles electronics, non-ferrous metals, and specialty alloys in a transparent and ecologically beneficial manner. "Our ability to grade and accurately assess the quality, condition, and metallurgy of the different metals and electronics products allows us to demonstrate to our clients a real intelligence about their electronics and metal scraps, including Certified Destruction to protect the client’s brand and sensitive data," says Les Bury, President, First America Metal Corp. DBA FAMCe. The company also has expertise in segregating composite materials like plastics, carbons, and fiberglass found in electronic devices, as well as in handling device batteries safely during processing.
With extensive product recycling know-how, the knowledgeable FAMCe team detects the exact state of the metal scraps and end-of-life electronic devices. This enables the company to pay clients the correct market price. Further enabling FAMCe to deliver high-end recycling services is its widespread access to metal, electronics, and reusables markets. Courtesy of long-term relationships with the largest global consumers of recycled materials, the company maximizes the reuse value of recycled metals and electronic device components in the high-volume domestic, export, and component markets. This confers a significant price advantage that translates into higher wholesale prices, fewer operating restrictions, and faster and more convenient service support for clients.
THE FIRST CHOICE FOR SUSTAINABLE RECYCLING SOLUTIONS
Starting in 2002 as a recycler of broad mixes of metal scraps comprising non-ferrous metals and high-temperature alloys, FAMCe progressively moved into electronic scrap recycling. Today, with an unmatched degree of technological competence, product knowledge, competitive pricing, and dedication to customer service, FAMCe designs bespoke environmentally friendly electronics and metals recycling solutions for the diverse requirements of clients across industries.
As part of its metals recycling services, FAMCe collects scrap metals from clients, sorts and aggregates them by type and metallurgy, processes to densify or extracts specific precious metals and then sells to companies that can reuse them. In the case of end-of-life electronic devices, the FAMCe eRecycling solutions provides IT Asset Management services including: asset identification, data erasure, product resale, component harvesting and other services. Resalable assets are tested for functionality and when necessary, the company ensures complete and secure data destruction. Other products are dismantled or shredded. Recovered parts, like hard drives and memory cards, or the byproducts of the shredded and processed products, like base and precious metals, are sold by FAMCe in the recycling markets.
FAMCe stands apart from other players in successfully recycling the most challenging, non-mainstream products in the high-complexity and high-variety arena of used electronics and metal scraps. Whether it is segregating complex mixes of plastics and metals in electronics or disassembling devices and removing and returning valuable component parts as per client requests or extracting reusable or recyclable parts from massive volumes of electronics scraps sent by retail giants— FAMCe can handle it all with ease.
Our ability to grade and accurately assess the quality, condition, and chemistry of the different non-ferrous metals allows us to demonstrate to our clients a real intelligence about their electronics and metal scraps, including Certified Destruction to protect the client’s brand and sensitive data
On the tech front, FAMCe has invested in technology to analyze the metallurgy of the complex metal alloys received from clients. This technology enables FAMCe to give clients a transparent overview of the composition being sent for processing— complete with photographic records, and other well-documented methods.
In turn, this helps FAMCe maintain continuous engagement and build trusted relationships with clients. Through detailed master services agreements with clients, FAMCe takes utmost care to fulfill their recycling needs, focusing on quality, timelines, and budgets.
To enhance the customer experience for clients, FAMCe also addresses the logistics needs of enterprises seeking to transport and process their electronics, high-temperature alloys, and non-ferrous metal scraps. To that end, the company offers logistics services from client sites to their recycling facilities. Moreover, in addition to strong footholds in Illinois, Texas, and Georgia, FAMCe has a presence in eight locations across the U.S., through its partnership with METech Recycling. This provides a national footprint that puts FAMCe within reach of nearly anywhere in the US within 500 miles. This confers unparalleled logistics advantage to client scrap transportation and recycled material reselling needs.
NAVIGATING THE RECYCLING SPACE WITH ÉLAN
In a bid to keep up with trends in the recycling space, FAMCe stays miles ahead with its investments in technology. The company has developed capabilities to recycle used solar panels, taking into account future regulatory changes that will prevent landfill disposal due to high toxicity. In a recent example, FAMCe was approached by a client from the solar industry to recycle their used solar panels. The company was able to generate substantial amounts of high-quality aluminum by processing the panels. It also refined medium-grade silver content from the substrate of the soldered photovoltaic glass panels. This empowered the client to go completely cost-neutral as they were able to sell the recycled metal content instead of paying to dispose of the panels in landfills.
Propelled by brilliant product knowledge, an illustrious team with in-depth tech expertise, and access to the global recycling markets, FAMCe will continue to expand into new product lines with a strong focus on scrap and disposition services. FAMCe will ensure clients the best market value for their electronic and metal scraps with environmentally sustainable, affordable, and profitable recycling options. As Bury states, "We'll continue to look to the future of technology and at the regulatory environment to find the best way to move scraps from end use to next use—whether reuse or recycling— in the most efficient manner possible."