We’ve all heard that we need to recycle our e-waste. But sometimes it’s unclear why recycling our old electronic devices is so important, both for us, human beings, and the environment.
Whether you’re the head of the IT department of your company or the head of your household, here is why you should absolutely recycle your retired computers, TVs, tablets…
Recycling E -Waste Saves Energy
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found out that recycling 1 million laptops could save the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
E-waste Recycling Reduces Pollution
After sitting for a while in a landfill, IT equipment releases greenhouse gases. And we all know that greenhouse gases are terrible for our planet and our health. So the only solution is to responsibly recycle your e-waste.
More Energy is Used in Creating a Computer Than in Using It
81% of the energy used by a computer over the course of its lifespan is used in the creation of the device, not in its the actual usage. So try to pace yourself, and maybe wait a little before replacing your electronics.
Incinerating E-Waste Forces Toxic Chemicals into the Air
Landfills can pile up only until a certain point. To get rid of all items found in landfills, those items are brought to industrial incinerators. The problem is that incinerated electronics release highly toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. And, between 80% and 85% of all discarded electronics get incinerated every year.
E-Waste Accounts for More Than 70% of All Toxic Waste
E-scrap represents only 2% of total waste but it is filled with toxic component, making it responsible for more than 70% of the toxic waste.
More Than $60 Million in Gold and Silver Are Thrown Out Every Year
All electronic devices contain at least one rare metal such as copper, silver and gold. Recycling 1 million cell phones, 35,274 lbs. of copper, 772 lbs. of silver, 75 lbs. of gold, and 33 lbs. of palladium could be recovered. But it if it ends up in a landfill… everything goes to waste.
Toxins from Un-Recycled Technology Can Cause Severe Health Problems
Electronics contain high levels of lead. When old technology is disposed of in landfills, the lead can enter waterways and if consumed, it can cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood, and the kidneys.
E-Waste Disposal Continues to Rise
According to the EPA, e-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the United States.
All Electronics Pose Hazards to the Environment
Laptops, desktops, televisions, DVD players, portable music players, telephony systems, monitors, etc. are all equally dangerous for the environment.
Most E-Waste Isn’t E-Waste at All
Much of what is thrown out these days isn’t even e-waste at all. Many pieces of technology are still operational and therefore, completely marketable for re-use.
So don’t forgot to recycle your old electronics! Because you can’t actually go through the recycling process yourself, choose a certified recycler to help you in your recycling project.
At ICT, transparency is key. Every technological device is processed by R2 certified staff in the ICT facility in the Boston area. ICT knows how important trust is and values its relationships with its customers. ICT cares about preserving our planet and helps companies all over the country to recycle E-Waste and protect their data.
Author Bio: Audrey Adam is the marketing manager at ICT. She has a background in journalism and blog writing.