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Recycling is an easy way for all of us to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources. While recycling plastic, glass, and paper has been widely adopted in the United States, many people don’t recognize the importance of properly recycling their electronic waste (e-waste) or do not know what to do with unwanted electronics.
E-waste is the fastest growing segment of the municipal waste stream in the U.S. with over three million tons of electronics generated each year of which only 14% is recovered for recycling.
The rest typically ends up in landfills. Electronics should not be disposed of in one’s household trash because most contain heavy metals such as lead (an average older computer monitor, for example, may contain 4-7 lbs. of lead) batteries, mercury, and cadmium.
In observation of America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, ECOvanta, a state-of-the-art recycling facility that properly recycles electronic waste such as computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, and televisions, offers the following tips for handling consumer e-waste:
REUSE & RECYCLE
Recycling electronics helps reduce the environmental impact that would be generated while manufacturing a new product and the need to extract valuable and limited virgin resources from the earth. It also reduces the energy used in new product manufacturing. According to the U.S. EPA, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year
ECOvanta safely manages end-of-life electronics using a combination of manual disassembly and an automated shredding system to separate materials into commodities for recycling. The facility also offers secure destruction services for customers who require assured and certified destruction of their electronic equipment.
For more information on how to responsibly handle e-waste, please visit ecovanta.com.