When you have electronic devices that you no longer want, they officially become e-waste (electronic waste). In today’s day and age, more devices are being discarded than we could have possibly imagined, due to major advancements in technology. This poses a threat to our environment. To keep our planet safe and sound, we have a crucial responsibility to properly discard our e-waste. Let’s find out how to do this.
What is E-waste?
E-waste includes (but is not limited to):
- Stereos, CD players & speakers
- Cell phones & portable landlines
- Kitchen appliances
- Washers & dryers
- Televisions, DVD players & VCRs
- Computer monitors & laptops
Did You Know?
Discarded Electronics Produce Pollution
What do chemicals such as lead, mercury and flame retardants have in common? They’re all hazardous and can be found in most of our devices! (yikes) What e-waste does is pollute the air and leak those hazardous chemicals into the soil, when discarded into landfills. This most certainly contaminates not just the soil but the groundwater as well.
Recycling Creates Jobs
Just like recycling any other material, electronic devices are sent to be processed in recycling plants. Therefore, for those operating the plants, e-waste recycling creates a good deal of employment opportunities.
Devices Store Personal Information
You may want to reconsider throwing your old phone, laptop or tablet into the trash. Such a careless action poses a huge security risk to you and your personal information. By recycling your old devices, this means that your information is more secure and won’t fall into the wrong hands.
In Some Places, It’s the Law.
With constant advancements and changes in technology, e-waste is becoming more and more widespread. Due to this spike in waste, many local governments have implemented regulations in terms of disposal. Depending on your location, if you fail to recycle properly, fines may apply.
Recycling Preserves Natural Resources
By reusing the gadgets and gizmos from your old devices, there’s less of a need to mine for untouched materials.
You’re Not Alone
If you’re holding onto your old devices and don’t know what to do with them, we can help. 5 Star Waste is here to take your old e-waste for you. Discover more about our services by calling us today at (865) 988-9737 to schedule a pickup.