Now that technology has evolved and electronics are easily accessible, disposing old or unused electronics is a growing environmental concern. E-waste, as unwanted electronics are known, should be recycled. Here’s why:
“Because old electronic devices contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, proper processing is essential to ensure that these materials are not released into the environment. They may also contain other heavy metals and potentially toxic chemical flame retardants.” — About Money.com
“For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.“— EPA
Responsible recycling of e-waste is a vital part of protecting the environment we share. An unfortunate amount of e-waste may be found in landfills.
At UEG, we properly dispose of e-waste to safeguard our communities from potential hazardous materials and contribute to a greener landscape.
E-recycling “conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials,” notes the EPA.
What are some types of electronics that should be recycled?
- All electronics parts, including LCD screens, mainboards and back covers
- USB cables and chargers
- Computer monitors and hard drives (erase all personal information)
What’s the best way to e-recycle? About Money suggests
- donate computer equipment that can be refurbished or reused
- find authorized electronics recycling locations
- attend local electronics recycling events
- use corporate take back programs
The right thing to do is to properly handle all e-waste. In our rapidly-evolving consumer tech society, responsible e-recycling could not be overemphasized!