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What Happens To All That E-Waste?

Posted by Junk King on Mar 5, 2014 3:33:12 PM

The holidays are a great time for electronics retailers but not so great for our landfills. That's because that is the time of year when most folks update their old cell phones, desktops, laptops and televisions. What happens to all of that e-waste? There are three options: Keep it, toss it or recycle it. On the "keep it" side of things, you might start accumulating piles of out dated printers, fax machines and computers. They are just taking up valuable space in your home. As least you have the foresight not to "toss it." Sadly, up to 50 million tons of e-waste is tossed out every year and only around 18% of that pile is recycled. That's a number that has to be flipped.

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 2.54.44 PMEven though e-waste only makes up of 2% of the municipal waste stream in America, those items are among the most toxic. These things are perfectly safe for your home but when they are broken apart and left to rot and rust all kinds of bad things can seep out. Among the major offenders are lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and barium. That's a seepage stew we simply can't afford. To avoid that extension of your carbon footprint, you want to make sure your e-waste is disposed of in a responsible manner. That's where a company like Junk King comes into play. We've made it our number one priority to recycle the majority of everything that is collected by the Junk King crews. That especially pertains to e-waste.

By placing e-waste into the right recycling program, you're providing a solid boost to the economy. A study published by the International Data Corporation found that e-waste recycling provided work for 30,000 full-time employees and contributed around $5.2 billion to the U.S. economy since 2002. Those numbers will only grow higher as more new gadgets come onto the market. As it stands, we're replacing our cell phones every 22 months and our computers every two years. Add it all up and the e-waste we throw out each year could fill up to 60 landfills.

When Junk King takes in a piece of electronic waste, they will either donate that item to a charity or make sure it is dropped off at a proper dismantling facility. There are many charities that specialize in refurbishing e-waste. Those pieces can then be sold for support or donated to a person in need. On the dismantling side, every electronic has to be painstakingly taken apart and the components sorted. Only then can those pieces find their way back into the system for reuse. That's the responsible way and that's what Junk King strives to accomplish with every junk removal appointment.

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