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Why Should You Recycle Electronics?

August 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Why Should You Recycle Electronics?

Most people only use their laptops and cell phones for less than two years. Read on to learn what you should do with these old electronics. 

What’s E-Waste?

Fun fact: earth contains more phones than people. However, most people don’t think about what happens to their devices after replacing them. Most people throw them away and forget about them. Unfortunately, the devices do not simply disappear. 

Instead, they turn into e-waste: any electronic that is no longer useful to the consumer. This can include computers, keyboards, monitors, printers, phones, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, radios, televisions, and other electronic toys. In short, anything with a cord or battery can become e-waste. 

Why Should You Recycle Electronics?

Electronics are the largest growing waste product around the globe. After all, products now have a shorter lifespan, and people are demanding the latest gadgets. However, poor electronics management has left only about 20 percent of electronics being disposed of properly. The rest are disposed of in landfills or other methods, which is dangerous because of their toxic materials. These materials can harm both humans, animals, and the environment. This is why you should always recycle your unwanted electronics. 

Where Can You Recycle Electronics?

Generally, you would take your devices to your local electronic recycling scrap yard. Most of the time, a quick internet search should reveal your closest one. Some providers may even pick up your larger items. 

The only responsibility you have is to make sure the site you choose is reputable. Often, a reputable site will have a resale program to donate or sell any products that still work. This is because reuse is more environmentally friendly than recycling. If they cannot reuse these items, they should have a state-of-the-art facility to handle the harmful materials. 

The last thing you want to do is endanger yourself and the environment by improperly disposing your e-waste. Fortunately, by recycling your electronics, you can ensure that you do your part.