Dealing with E-Waste is more complicated than it sounds. However, there are still safe and eco-friendly ways to dispose of old, outdated tech. After any upgrades take place, you might not know what to do with old equipment. The team here at AEG Environmental has some suggestions for you!
It is a fact of life that many electronics are useful for only a few years. After that, they are obsoleted by newer pieces of technology that have improved functionality and more features. Right now, there are around 500 million unused cell phones that are left unused. Other types of electronics that are refurbished include TVs, tablets, laptops, and computers. Even so, all electronics can be recycled. That said, these devices often contain toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances that become more hazardous when mishandled.
After the End
What exactly happens to old E-waste? Most of these products are left to be neglected in landfills – in fact, less than 13% is converted into something new. These devices include large amounts of precious metals such as tin, copper, iron, gold, and silver. Plastic and glass are also incredibly useful, and being able to recycle them is better for the planet as well.
Valuable materials being salvaged can also lower the costs associated with the production of new machines. This allows waste generators to save more money and time. It also helps decrease excessive pollution levels, open up space in overburdened landfills, and even lead to job creation. The process also reduces unnecessary waste – did you know that 81% of the energy involved in manufacturing a computer and its monitor is consumed on the production line and not in the hands of consumers? Because it’s true. It is a worthwhile investment to determine how you can recycle old electronics that you have no further use for instead of merely scrapping them. Even old systems can be donated or otherwise continue to be used by other organizations if your business doesn’t need it anymore.
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