Amazing Innovations in Electronics Recycling Technology
- 12 Feb, 2019
With the improving recycling options for electronics, there is no reason to turn a blind eye to its importance. However, many don't know just how important recycling a computer can be. We are all guilty from time to time of not doing our part. What you may not know is that if you fail to recycle your electronics, it could be doing more than damaging the environment.
Why Recycling Electronics is Important
Recycling is important no matter what you are dealing with, but in some cases, electronic recycling is even more critical. Monitors and computers can contain very hazardous materials. Some of these materials are outright dangerous. These can be anything from lead, mercury, cadmium, and copper to flame retardants or chromium, just to name a few. Many times, these toxic materials end up in third-world countries, poisoning people and animals who live near dump sites. It is so serious that some places have made improper disposal of electronics a crime.
In addition, choosing to recycle old computers and electronics helps to limit the natural resources required to produce new electronic components. Computer recycling allows pieces and components from old devices to be used in new, upgraded electronics, ensuring nothing goes to waste. Metals like gold, tin, silver, copper, titanium, and iron are all good examples of just some of the things that can be recovered and reused to create new devices.
What Can Be Recycled
Of course, computers, tablets, iPods, iPads, Game Boys, gaming systems, and controls as well as cellphones can be recycled. But what else can you recycle? A quick call to the recycler will clarify what they take, but in most cases, laptops, monitors, circuit boards, electronic appliances, televisions, printers, keyboards, speakers, scanners, and stereos are accepted. You can also recycle VCRs, DVDs, and Blu-ray players. Walkie-talkies and digital home phones are just some of the many things that can be received as well. If it won't fit in the waste receptacle and contains heavy metals, then in most cases, it will be accepted.
Before You Recycle
Computer recycling is important but so is protecting your critical information. Before you take your gadget to the recycler, if the device is capable of being turned on, erase all data from the electronic device or do a factory reset before you recycle your computer or smartphone.
How to Recycle Your Gadgets
Some people shy away from recycling electronics because they think it is a complicated process. All you have to do is find a place near you who takes them. Office Depot and Best Buy in some locations have boxes in place for your old items. If you can't find a store or nonprofit with a quick Google search in your area, research the environmental impact groups in your area, and they should be able to guide you.
Did you know that in many cases, valuable materials can be recovered from your recycled devices? This means less stress on our natural resources and fewer pollutants like plastic and glass. Electronic recycling is fantastic for the environment, but it's also socially responsible. If you do not recycle, you are not only harming the planet, other people and animals, but you may be breaking the law.
Clearing out your old electronics leaves you room for upgrading to newer, better electronics! Check out our consumer electronic section to get started today!