E-waste recycling reduces health risks
E-waster recycling has become an important subject recently. With so many electronic devices out there, their proper disposal and recycling possibilities can have many benefits for both the individual and for society at large.
- Nearly 500 million electronic devices are sold in the United States every year and that number continues to soar. This is in addition to the millions of electronic devices that are already out there. E-waste, or end of life electronics, has become a growing concern for many. Proper e-waste recycling seems to be, and will remain, the only effective answer to this growing global problem.
- Recent research has uncovered the fact that nearly 80% of all old and no longer used electronics are just being packed away and stored in people’s homes and in company warehouses. Often the reason for this is that people are unsure as to how to go about proper e-waste recycling.
- E-waste recycling includes all manner of electronics from old and outdated televisions to laptops to tablets to cell phones and i-pods. The latest information from the EPA suggests that only around 2% of all old cell phones undergo e-waste recycling and it is not much higher for computers and TV’s.
- Some of the benefits of e-waste recycling including the recovery of precious metals such as gold plus an opportunity to better prepare and plan solid waste disposal. Solid waste management has seen an unprecedented challenge as some people simply discard their unwanted electronics at waste facilities and dumps.
- Health risk to human populations continues to be a growing crisis. In many underdeveloped countries as well as in those countries with lax or no pollution controls, the highly toxic and hazardous materials that are contained in e-waste poses serious contamination problems in many areas.
With e-waste firms that have highly trained and experienced professionals, e-waste is quickly becoming a manageable situation. Local and state regulations tend to govern the e-waste recycling situation yet half of the states require mandatory recycling. It is important to your possible health and the health of the environment to contact a professional e-waste recycling firm when you are thinking of getting rid of that outdated electronic device.