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Why Electronics Recycling is the Best Way to Prevent eWaste

Electronics Recycling to Prevent eWaste

Electronic recycling enthusiasts know that recycling unwanted and old electronics is one of the best ways to improve the environment and local economies.

While we could go on and on about the benefits of electronics recycling, we understand that for some people, the proof is always in the pudding.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the most factual reasons why your organization should always recycle old electronics with an R2-certified facility like RetirePC.

We Don’t Know Where 80% of Old Electronics End Up

Eventually, all electronics reach their end-of-life period. However, only 20 percent of the world’s total e-waste production is documented as being properly recycled at an electronics recycling facility.

That leaves 80 percent of global outdated electronics completely unaccounted for. Unfortunately, the likelihood is high that they were illegally dumped, sold/traded, and are somewhere collecting dust where they’ll eventually make their way to a local landfill.

If you’re a business owner getting rid of old electronics, do your part. Be among the 20 percent that brings environmental efforts one step closer to reducing e-waste.

Millions of Computers Face Their End-of-Life Date Every Year

You may think that the e-waste problem is something that environmentalists are blowing out of proportion. However, the truth is that with computers alone, around 40 million of them reach their end-of-life, and as showcased above, most of them won’t make it to the recycling and repurposing process that helps the economy and environment.

E-Waste is a Real Threat to Your Body

E-waste may be an invisible enemy, but its sole presence in the environment can have a massive impact on your physical health.

Exposure to mercury, lead, cadmium, lithium, and other damaging materials found in electronics can lead to life-changing health issues like:

  • Birth Defects
  • Weakened Skeletal Systems
  • Brain Damage
  • Heart Damage
  • Liver Damage
  • Kidney Damage

Cell Phone Recycling Has a Massive Positive Impact

Unfortunately, the majority of older cell phones are unceremoniously discarded rather than recycled. However, did you know that even recycling 1 million cell phones per year, that alone could have a huge environmental impact?

According to Wastecare Corporation, recycling 1 million cell phones would have the same environmental impact on greenhouse gas emissions as removing 1,368 cars from the road.

Computer Circuit Boards Help Preserve Natural Resources

Even after a computer or laptop has lost value to you, it can still help preserve natural resources if it is recycled. Your computer’s circuit boards contain valuable gold and copper, that when recycled, can go into new products without the need for further mining and draining of limited resources.

Make the Right Move for the Environment Today

If you are part of an organization that is ready to reduce its environmental footprint, keep RetirePC in mind when it’s time to say goodbye to old electronics. We recycle computers, tablets, phones, office equipment, and more!

The best part is, that we are happy to come to you for a hassle-free pick-up.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our services and how you could earn cash for eligible and appropriately aged electronics.

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