Depending on where you live it can be a challenge to know where to recycle electronics. Fortunately, you can recycle electronics and it's not difficult.
And the good news is you don't even have to take them anywhere if you don't want to.
Finding a New Home for Old Electronics
First off, congratulations for wanting to recycle your old electronics!
We know how easy it is to simply toss most old gadgets and electronic devices into the trash once they're broken or no longer working. While that's not exactly legal in many places, it happens all the time and, unfortunately, the bulk of all waste electronics - or e-waste - ends up in landfills.
In fact, one article has noted that,
"Only 20% of e-waste is documented to have been collected and recycled, despite high-value recoverable materials such as copper and gold. Americans throw away an estimated $55 billion in e-waste material annually (more than the 2019 Gross Domestic Product of many countries.)"
So, what is e-waste exactly?
E-waste, or electronic waste, is a sometimes gray area, but can be thought of as any discarded products with a battery or plug. Small and large appliances along with heating and cooling equipment makes up the largest e-waste categories.
E-waste can be devastating to the environment if not properly disposed of, which makes our recycling and recovery programs critically important. Among the materials that can be recovered from e-waste are plastics, metals, and glass.
And electronic waste, or e-waste, is hazardous.
For example, just the excessive amount of lead in e-waste, if released into the environment, could cause severe damage to human blood and kidneys, as well as central and peripheral nervous systems. And that's just one of a multitude of potentially toxic metals found in e-waste.
On the other hand, much of this material is recoverable and could be reused.
By recycling one million cell phones, more than 35,000 pounds of copper, 33 pounds of palladium, 772 pounds of silver, and 75 pounds of gold can be recovered, according to the EPA. And that's not a farfetched number of cell phones either.
Approximately 350,000 mobile phones were disposed of each day, according to 2010 figures from the EPA. That equates to more than 152 million phones thrown away in one year. And, today, there are more mobile phones in existence than there are number of people living on Earth.
So, Where Can You Recycle Electronics?
If you have one or two small devices, or maybe an old desktop or laptop computer, you can find a local electronics recycling center or even a manufacturer's recycling program. Here are some links to resources for finding recycling options near you:
On the other hand, if you have quite a bit of old electronics that you have been holding onto for a while or inherited from other people over time, that can be a bit more challenging. It might be, too, that your electronic waste items are not small like old cell phones or a tablet or two. Maybe you've got old appliances, televisions, monitors, game systems, and so on.
Pretty much anything with batteries or a plug - and a few circuit boards.
No worries! Junk King has you covered when it comes to recycling electronics. In fact, recycling old waste items and other junk is our specialty. We go to great lengths to ensure we reuse or recycle as much of everything we pick up each day - and that includes old electronics.
If you still have old electronics that no longer work and are just sitting in your home somewhere taking up space, this is a great time to finally dispose of them easily and affordably. Especially since you can't put them in your residential trash bin or dump them someplace.
Also, most cities, counties, and state have laws and regulations mandating how and where waste electronics can be disposed of. In many states, for example, it's against the law to even put your old TVs and computer monitors in the trash. In California and other locations, for example, e-waste items must be disposed of by following certain steps and can require additional fees.
While your state may not require e-waste recycling, it's still a good alternative to simply dumping your e-waste. Especially since every place in the country can easily recycle their e-waste.
When you recycle electronics you are engaging in the most environmentally friendly method for disposing of your e-waste items. Even if you don't want to haul your old electronics to a proper facility near you, we get it. But the good news is that Junk King is ready to help you with your electronics recycling needs.
Recycling Electronics Made Easy with Junk King
Junk King can provide you with efficient, safe, and eco-friendly electronics recycling and other e-waste disposal services.
Whether you only have a few pieces of old electronic equipment to get rid of, or you're clearing out whole office and workstations, we can take care of it. Just one call to Junk King and you won't need to worry about the loading up or disposing of those old e-waste items.
Not only that, but we guarantee that your old computers and other electronics end up in the right place: whether that's nonprofit for those electronics that are still functioning, or at a recycling facility to ensure your e-waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
We remove almost all types of e-waste, including:
- Copy Machines