The holidays are long over now and many of us still have a number of electronic waste items to dispose of. But you can't just throw them in the trash!
There was a time, long ago, when we could just put our old appliances, televisions, and various electronic gadgets in the garbage can or a dumpster.
In fact, this approach isn't even legal in most states and cities. And If you've ever had to properly dispose of your old TV or CRT computer monitor, you know is s a somewhat difficult process. While it is certainly a more enlightened and environmentally friendly option, it can be a problem.
According to Earth911.com, e-waste - or electronic waste - disposal and electronic waste recycling is too often costly and overly inconvenient:
E-waste isn’t always easy and convenient to recycle. Local governments often have e-waste collection days a few times a year, but that means that homeowners have to store the unwanted items in the meantime. Several electronic stores will accept electronics for recycling, but Best Buy – one of the largest e-waste recyclers – just began charging for collection of some electronics, including TV and computer monitors.
There Are E-Waste Disposal Options
Fortunately, new practices have helped to boost the recycling efforts of the nation. California, for example, was one the first states to pass an e-waste recycling law in 2003 and by 2011 California had reached a milestone of 1 billion pounds of computer junk that was recycled, according to the Los Angeles Times.
However, despite the growing recycling efforts of numbers of states and municipalities, the massive growth in electronic device has caused e-waste to become the fastest-growing category of municipal waste in the U.S. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of that waste still ends up in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Here is a graphic representation of the e-waste disposal and recycling situation in the United States:
With the growing number of smart phones and other mobile devices worldwide, the amount of e-waste that needs to be disposed of is becoming an increasingly unmanageable problem. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that for 2017 the number of smartphone users was estimated to be 224.3 million.
The number of smartphone users worldwide was estimated to exceed 2 billion users by the end of last year. When you had in tablets and other mobile devices, these numbers could be in the tens of billions.
As televisions evolve and go down in price, the result is that these devices are being replaced by consumers on a growing scale. And all of this adds up to another type of e-waste that must be properly disposed of, or effectively recycled and re-used.
Regardless of whether have a household with electronics and e-waste that needs to be disposed of, or perhaps a business that just replaced your old computers with new ones, the challenge is how to best get rid of your electronic junk.
Professional E-Waste Removal for You
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly e-waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of those old items.
Not only that, but we make sure that your old electronics end up in the right place: whether it be a charity if the electronics are still functioning, or a recycling facility to ensure your e-waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Junk King removea almost all types of e-waste, including Computers, Monitors, Printers, Copy Machines, Shredders and Televisions.