Recycling Our E-waste

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 18th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Tells statistics and information about recycling and why some of these metals are bad for the environment.

Why We Should Recycle Our E-Waste

By the year 2017 it is estimated that the U.S. recycled e-waste will reach 7.2 million tons. Less than 20% of electronics are currently recycled. Twenty to fifty tons of waste is estimated to go into landfills annually. Consumers seem unaware of the dangers this imposes on the environment when they throw their gadgets in the trash instead of recycling.

It is currently estimated that 70% of the heavy metals found in our landfill today are from electronics. Consequently e-waste is the leading source of lead in our landfills. The television and monitors that have cathode ray tubes (CRT) contain 4 to 8 pounds of lead. This is not counting the circuit boards that have toxic material such as zinc, chromium and nickel in them. The liquid crystal displays (LCDs) contain mercury. The batteries found in electronic devices have cadmium and nickel in them.

Therefore, hand held electronics such as smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, laptop computers, digital cameras, camcorders, GPS, and TV accessories all need to be recycled. Some companies offer a buyback program for smartphones or an opportunity to upgrade. A few major retail stores like Best Buy, Target, and Staples are now offering in-store recycling for electronics. Before throwing broken electronics in the trash check with retail stores locally to see if they have a recycling program. Otherwise, try selling used phones to a second hand store or trade it in for store credit.

There are some bogus recycling programs out there so be sure to check with Electronics Take Back Coalition (ETBC) at before recycling. Make sure you know where your recycled electronics will be going.

You may even be able to get a tax write off. This will depend on where you donate your electronics. Tax deductions can be claimed by donors who recycle through local Goodwill or other such pick-up services. It is a good idea to check with the program that accepts donations in your area and always ask for a receipt.


E-Waste, Recycling Our E-Waste

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I am an award winning author and have enjoyed writing online for about a dozen years now. I like to write about what interests me and that list is long.

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