The Growing Problem of E-Waste and Why You Should Be Recycling Responsibly
Have you ever thought about what happens to your old, unused electronics after they have been thrown away? Unfortunately, we live in a culture of use and throw-away. With the constant advancement of technology, it seems as if we change our gadgets almost as often as we change our clothes. But where do our old gadgets go when they’ve been replaced by new ones? Electronic waste (e-waste) is the most rapidly growing waste issue in the world, and most people don’t know how to properly dispose of their unwanted electronics.
What is E-Waste?
According to the EPA, e-waste is the “term used to describe used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated or given to a recycler.” A lot of our e-waste does not get discarded properly and causes a lot of problems for our planet. Since most of our unused electronics are non-biodegradable, the e-waste ends up accumulating in our landfills for long periods of time.
Why Should I Care About E-Waste Recycling?
Better for the Environment
Our electronic gadgets contain harmful chemicals such as lithium, cadmium, and lead. When these gadgets collect in our landfills, they can be hazardous or sometimes fatal to plants, animals, and even humans too.
Materials can be Reused
Materials from our unused electronics can be retrieved to manufacture new devices. Recycling your e-waste can also conserve energy. The energy cost to recycle e-waste for minerals is considerably less than the energy costs to mine minerals. If more people would consider recycling their e-waste responsibly, mining activities can be reduced, which will cut down the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.
How Do I Recycle My Electronics Responsibly?
Find a Certified E-Waste Recycler
The DataShield security procedures have been AAA NAID certified and approved and along with HIPAA, FISMA, FACTA, and GBLA compliant, we pride ourselves on being committed to doing our part to preserve the environment. We ensure every piece of your old equipment is properly recycled. We recycle what we can according to the strict guidelines.