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Cabling has never been known for it’s “green” properties. Unfortunately for many years there simply has not been a reliable and or responsible way to dispose of old cabling left behind either from replacement of a new network or simply replacement of wires. While disposal alone is easy, the ramifications of leaving old cabling in a waste bin often weighs heavily on the conscience of environmentally minded individuals, as the cabling left behind in bins is certain to take up space in one of the innumerable landfills somewhere in the world.

Around 2006, as a result of this, a new sub industry began to spring up in the contracting world; companies and contractors who specialized in the removal of old cable. As the need grew, so too grew the need for this new class of labor.

As with any industry, need often precedes control and cable removal is no exception. Luckily there are always those who are ready and able to solve the every increasing problems of an exceedingly modern world and this time it was DuPont. In June of 2006 DuPont wrote and began distributing what would be the guide for assessing and ultimately removing cable that was no longer needed.

This guide stands as a professional reference not only for “diagnosing” abandoned cable, but also for creating a plan to identify cable that no longer is in service, and ultimately remove this old cabling. The guide was developed with overall construction specifications in mind, particularly when viewing installation of new cabling, but it was able to also detail out an efficient and correct process for recycling old cabling. This has proven to be of great worth in this burgeoning cable removal industry due to the sheer amount of cabling often removed throughout the course of these jobs.

Thanks to this process that was developed, finding a cable recycler is easier now than ever. Importantly, it has also become easier to find a removal service that includes delivery to a recycling service as part of their fee. Ultimately what is being found is that, while each recycling facility may process the recycling in a unique way, most reputable facilities are utilizing either the DuPont techniques outlined in their guide, or something very similar.

What has resulted is a network of facilities that are able to recycle all manner of cables; ethernet, fiber optic, electrical, communication, etc…

Recycling the structure cabling you had installed was at one time a hassle for those who pursued that avenue, but thankfully the desire gave birth to necessity, which in turn bred efficiency and today we stand at the forefront of cable recycling. Perhaps not the sexiest topic, but the truly important things rarely are.

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