Your TV has seen better days, and so has your laptop. You have screens, keyboards and all kinds of other electronics that are just sitting in a junk closet. What can you do with them?
You could trash them. But e-waste (that is, electronic waste products) are becoming a growing concern when it comes to the environment. Of the electronic products that are discarded, only 12.5 percent of them are recycled. Increasing this number has benefits galore for you and for the environment.
If you're wondering why you should recycle your e-waste, take a look at some of the top reasons for taking these items out of the trash and giving them new life in another form.
Preserve Valuable Materials
When you recycle your electronics, they aren't just going to new owners. Recycling programs aren't refurbishing or reselling ones. Even though you can donate or sell your old working (or partially working) electronics for resale, you don't have to. If your old electronics are damaged, broken or in pieces, they're still usable - or rather, reusable.
For example, cell phones contain valuable metals that can be used to make new products. One million of these devices can yield 35,000 pounds of copper, 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver and 33 pounds of palladium, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recovering these materials allows manufacturers to turn them into new devices, saving time, energy and money.
Waste created from electronics garbage is the fasted growing type of trash in the U.S. Instead of adding to the e-content of America's landfills, recycling your devices breaks the trash cycle.
Even though electronic waste products are a growing form of garbage, they do only represent 2 percent of the total trash in the U.S. If you're wondering why that's a problem or how such as small number can cause issues for the environment, consider what's really going on. While 2 percent isn't exactly an overwhelming statistic, it's a percentage that's growing by the day. On top of that, the tiny 2 percent equals 70 percent of America's toxic waste.
Recycling electronics brings these numbers down and stops the growing garbage problem that is resulting from old cell phones, computers, TVs and other devices.
Making brand-new electronic devices from scratch takes energy. Just one computer (with a monitor) requires 530 pounds of fossil fuels to make, according to the organization DoSomething.org.
Recycling your devices means that manufacturers don't have start from raw materials, thus reducing the overall energy use in production. How does this happen? Instead of using energy to gather and refine the raw materials, recycled electronics provide an existing source.
Protect the Environment
What happens to the environment when people add electronics to landfills? Even though it might seem like those broken computer screens and old TVs are just sitting there taking up space, toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury are polluting the area.
Recycling electronic waste is one way to manage the toxic parts of the discarded devices. Instead of contributing to the toxicity of landfills and the spaces surrounding them (through groundwater runoff), recycling facilities know how to properly contain and break down these items.
When your old TV or computer finally reaches the end stage of its life, the recycling service can return the reusable materials to manufacturing sector. Recycling gives the materials a second chance, as they are transformed into new items.
Do you have televisions or other electronic devices to recycle? If e-waste isn't something that you want to contribute to, Celan TV Recyclers can help you recycle your old electronics instead.