3 Reasons You Should Recycle Your Old ElectronicsFebruary 15, 2019
Do you ever wonder what happens with the electronics you throw out? Unless you recycle them, they almost always end up in a landfill or an incinerator. This is a major problem. Why? Because the plastic and glass used for most computers, mobile devices, and electronic accessories release harmful chemicals when burned and do not decompose quickly. In fact, it is estimated that these materials can take millions of years to completely decompose! In case you’re still not convinced, here are the top 3 reasons why you should recycle your old electronics instead of throwing them in the garbage.
Help your community
Once they have been recycled, electronics essentially fall into two categories: refurbished and repurposed. Repurposed electronics are put to use for something other than what they were initially intended to do. For example, if you recycle a computer that no longer works and it cannot be refurbished, the computer is then broken down into its component materials, which can then be used to make the parts of a new product.
However, when your recycled electronics can be refurbished, this allows them to be used again for their original purpose. So, if you recycle an old tablet, it can be refurbished and then used in a local school, library, or charitable organization. By recycling your old electronics, you can turn your old trash into someone else’s treasure!
Protect the Water Supply
Most people know that electronics take a really long time to decompose. However, most people do not realize why this is such a bad thing. You may think that it has to do with space; if electronics take a long time to decompose, and we continue to throw them away, eventually the landfills will get so large that the planet will be filled with garbage! While this is definitely a concern, it is not the only one.
When electronics are thrown into a landfill, hazardous chemicals can leach into the soil and eventually reach the local water supply. Many television sets and computer monitors also have cathode ray tubes, which contain lead and other harmful materials. Over time, all of these toxins can have an adverse effect on our drinking water and our health.
Cut Down on Waste
While the planet provides humans with many natural resources, the world population continues to put a strain on environmental sustainability. Resources are dwindling, and the need for recycling and other environmental protection measures has never been greater. Recycling helps make sure that resources are used again and again.
When you throw out an old cellphone, it is probably sent to the landfill, but in some cases, it is incinerated, sending harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and damaging the ozone layer. In either case, those resources are difficult (or impossible) to recover. By recycling, you protect the environment and give the planet time to replenish its natural resources!
Do you want to help serve the community, the planet, and your health with recycling? If you’re interested in learning more about recycling your old electronics, check out Gardner Metal Recycling for more information!