People are purchasing more electronic devices than ever before as technology advances, which means that outdated machines, cell phones, and gaming system products are discarded on a daily basis. Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is the term used to describe these now unwanted electronic goods. Let’s talk about e-waste disposal and why it’s essential to recycle.
According to government officials, these piles are growing, prompting us to understand why e-waste recycling is so critical. Recycling electronic waste (e-waste, also known as e-scrap) has become an increasingly relevant environmental concern as the service life of electronic equipment shortens and the number of electronic gadgets we use increases.
Significant reasons for recycling for e-Waste
1. It is important that electronic waste does not end up in landfills. When e-waste is poorly disposed of, it is toxic, according to the EPA. Toxic compounds and heavy metals are used in electronic devices. Chromium, cadmium, arsenic, and lead can leach into the soil and contaminate the air and waterways. Globally, the EPA reports that 60 million tons of e-waste are produced per year. This waste can be used to conserve landfill space. As a result, several states have passed legislation prohibiting the disposal of e-waste in landfills.
2. Electronics are made from expensive materials, such as precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, as well as copper, iron, rubber, and glass – these products can be recycled. Any electrical equipment is almost 100% recyclable.
3. The recovery of precious materials from the recycling process ensures the need for fresh raw materials can be reduced. This will aid in the conservation of vital natural resources. One metric ton of circuit boards has 800 times the amount of gold extracted from one metric ton of ore, according to the EPA.
4. Using recycled material can help offset greenhouse gas emissions emitted by producing or refining new ‘virgin material’. The greater the availability of recycled products, the lower the need for new material.
5. Discarded mobile items can be saved from the trash if they are refurbished, reused, and donated to a good cause. A simple Google search will yield a directory of organizations in most places that restore old devices and provide them to those that would otherwise go without. Reuse is an essential part of preventing material from entering the waste stream.
6. Free drop-off services are provided to pick up waste electronic gadgets, such as calculators, desktops, monitors, cell phones, and televisions.
E-waste can end up in scrapyards where it will be mixed in with vehicles, old appliances, and industrial scrap, dealt with by the scrap metal recycling industry. Individual recyclers use varying approaches to dealing with these objects but further progress is being made in terms of extracting useful content and moving these items into the recycling process.
If you have unwanted electronic devices in your home or neighborhood, don’t hesitate in contacting Xtreme Green Recycling for e-Waste disposal. We have drop-off services in Clovis and are striving to make the planet a safer place by putting forward our best efforts.