Recycling of E-Waste: An Easy Guide

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You may think that you can just toss any old printer, monitor, or smart phone in the trash—but that would be a mistake. Those items are called e-waste, and they are an ever-growing problem in our landfills. Take this number as an example: We throw away 11.7 million tons of e-waste—each and every year. And the amount of tech we’re using is growing, which means the amount of monitors, printers, laptops, desktops, and other devices that we’re tossing is growing too.

It’s not only the landfills that are suffering because of that e-waste. All those tricky and hard-to-assemble devices have big and small amounts of items that shouldn’t even be in the landfills to begin with. Take batteries, to name just one: They contain heavy metals and toxic materials, which can eventually end up in the water supply. Cell phones are made with hazardous materials including arsenic and lead, which will also contaminate the soil and groundwater if not disposed of properly.

Every item like that has its own specific ways that those materials can be recovered. Many of them must be taken to a specific spot in your municipality that will help dispose of them properly so they can be taken apart and recycled. Get to know what those e-waste guidelines are with this graphic.

 

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Recycling Electronics

 

For more information, please email Salman Zafar on salman@cleantechloops.com or salman@ecomena.org

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