Why you should recycle your electronics
by: Terri Rue-Woods, Executive Strategy Officer, e-End
According to facts shared by the The World Counts website, ‘E-Waste is a growing problem’. “We generate about 40 million tons of it every year. This is equivalent to throwing out 800 laptops every single second. In some places the amount of #ewaste increases with 500% in the years to come.” Back in 2010, America generated roughly 260 million units of used electronic devices such as computers, monitors, televisions and phones. Unfortunately, only half that amount were collected for recycling.
There stand several important benefits both environmental and healthy behind the reasoning for #recycling electronic waste. There are several toxic materials within many of the devices including heavy metals, so it is imperative that as these items reach their end-of-life they are processed correctly to ensure that these materials are not release into the environment or endanger the health of others.
In addition to environmental and health safety with the increase of e-waste and all the electronic devices there is also the increase of data security needs. Both individuals and companies alike should hold high concerns about making sure that they are maintaining security of sensitive and confidential data. Throwing devices into the dumpster and hoping for the best is NOT enough. It may be necessary to seek a professionally, certified e-waste recycling company to not only handle the disposal of your electronics, but also make sure that your electronic information is securely destroyed as well. In these instances, it is never wrong let the professionals handle it.
As our current technological generation grows, the interest and need for better and fast systems increases. For instance currently in Las Vegas the Consumer Technology Association is hosting the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show #CES2019. There with it comes the development of several innovative new electronics to take us further into the coming new year. However The United Nations assessed that from 2016 to 2021, the world e-waste totals will go from an estimated 44.7 million to 52.2 million metric tons.
Its a fact, we can’t stop the production of e-waste products, due to the fact that we are generating more and more electronic products than we have previous ever developed before. And with this, more and more products are likely to be quickly retired. However, despite stating these facts and figures, its nothing we can’t begin to correct. Start by supporting the established e-waste recycling programs, especially the ones here in the U.S. According to LiveScience and Mr. Jason Linnell, the Executive Director of the U.S. National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), “In terms of recycling, ‘We are a little bit behind compared with countries in the European Union.’” However, in comparison to previous time, the U.S. is doing better than it has. He states, "It's [the U.S.] better than the past, but we still have a ways to go.”
Recycling and promoting the reuse of old and unused electronics, has a few other positive benefits including saving a vast amount of natural resources; energy conservation and the re-purposing or some items for worthy social/economical causes.
If you have any old or unused electronics, best to not add to the disturbingly growing e-waste problem. Drop them off at a local e-recycling facility.