Our world is becoming more and more bombarded by technology. Everyone has several electronics that are needed to help them stay connected to the world around them. This technology is changing so rapidly that we are constantly upgrading our current electronics for the next latest and greatest gadget. When you do upgrade, are you getting rid of your electronics responsibly? Have you even put much thought into it at all? Sentry Electric is here to share some information on the right ways to get rid of your old electronics.
E Waste Management Problems
It shouldn’t come as a shock that the U.S. produces more electronics than any other country in the world. Because of this, we also discard more electronics than any other country in the world. In fact, each year 50,000 dump trucks worth of e-waste is sent to recycle centers and is creating a rather large problem. When these electronics are discarded irresponsibly, they can leak toxic products and chemicals into our environment. Some of the toxic waste that comes from electronics includes:
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This is playing a big part in the pollution of our water sources, the earth we live in and the air that we breathe. Many of these pollutants are known to cause cancers, endocrine disorders, nerve damage, reproductive issues, respiratory illnesses and many more serious health problems.
Electronics Recycling & Disposal
There are a few options that are available to you in order to get rid of those old electronics wisely and responsibly:
Resell & Repurpose Electronics– If there is any chance that your electronic can be salvaged, you should attempt to sell it or have it refurbished before sending it off to a recycle center. Many of the electronics that end up discarded each year still work just fine, they are just older than the newest of electronic gadgets. You can take them to Goodwill, Salvation Army as well as charities that are looking for electronics for soldiers, senior citizens and those with disabilities.
Recycle Electronics– Many precious metals are used in the creating of cellphones and other electronics. When you recycle them, these metals can be used elsewhere. Learn how to recycle in your state as each state does things a bit differently to avoid getting rid of theses expensive metals that should be reused.
Trade In Electronics– Many electronics can be traded in when you upgrade them. When you do this the phones and other electronics are then refurbished and sold to other customers at a lower price. Many retailers like Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples and more.
Dispose of Electronics– Most cities will have a designated time when there is a cleanup drive that will take on your old electronics and dispose of them appropriately. Check with your local city government to get the details for your area.