We live in a society that places huge emphasis on recycling. But it's not easy to recycle electronics. What if someone made electronics recycling simple?
Someone does and if you have "stockpiles" of old PCs, monitors, printers, laptops, gaming systems... you name it - a call to Junk King can solve that recycling dilemma.
There's a World of Good Things in Those Electronics
There may or may not be gold in them hills, but there is definitely gold and much more in those electronic devices!
According to an article from The Balance/Small Business,
"There are over 320 tons of gold and greater than 7,500 tons of silver used each year to make new electronic products around the world. As a result, there are more than $21 billion in precious metals inventoried in these devices—$16 billion worth of gold and $5 billion worth of silver, until a time when they can be recycled. The carbon footprint of both metals and plastics recovered through recycling is much smaller than for the production of the same materials from virgin sources."
And a post at Investopedia notes that,
"A variety of metals, plastics, raw materials and chemicals are used by the electronics industry. Some of the more common metals include copper, lithium, tin, silver, gold, nickel, and aluminum."
When done correctly and efficiently, metals recovery processes from waste electronics, or e-waste, can recover multiple billions of dollars worth of various precious metals and other materials. And it can do so with far less impact on the environment and the atmosphere than standard metal extraction, mining, and processing methods. Essentially, more bang for the buck and a smaller carbon footprint, as well.
But there's a dark downside to the elements residing within most electronics: toxic materials.
There's a Great Deal of Bad Things in Them, Too
According to the EPA, approximately 40 percent selected consumer electronics - end-of-life and used products - were recycled in 2015. More current figures are slightly better, but the upshot of our overall electronics recycling efforts is that we aren't recovering nearly enough.
And this means that not only are the precious metals being lost, the toxic substances residing in most electronics is ending up in the ground or in the atmosphere through incineration.
The EPA points out that many electronics may contain hazardous substances including:
- cellular phones
- computer equipment
- stereo equipment
These materials run the range from chemicals to metals such as:
- brominated flame retardants
In addition to the harmful effects some of these elements can have on the environment, when allowed to be released into groundwater or the air, many of these can have damaging if not lethal effects on animals and humans.
Perhaps the two most common elements in electronic devices are lead and mercury. According to one source,
"Adverse effects of lead exposure include impaired cognitive function, behavioral disturbances, attention deficits, hyperactivity, conduct problems, and lower IQ."
And mercury is equally harmful,
"Health effects include sensory impairment, dermatitis, memory loss, and muscle weakness. Exposure in-utero causes fetal deficits in motor function, attention, and verbal domains."
The good news is that none of these hazardous and toxic materials need come near a landfill or waste incinerator. With the proper facilities and processes, almost all electronics can be reused, repurposed or recycled. The economic and environmental benefits alone make electronics recycling a "must have" activity.
Recycling E-Waste Doesn't Need to be a DIY Chore
Currently, 25 states have enacted legislation requiring recycling of electronic waste. What this means is that, in those states, there is no dumping of e-waste in those locations.
For example, Massachusetts was the first state to make it illegal to dispose of CRTs in landfills back in 2000. And, in 2003, California was the first state to regulate other forms of e-waste with a broader waste ban and the implementation of an “advance recovery fee funding.” Under the law, electronic waste in California may not be landfilled or exported overseas.
Calling Junk King means simply pointing to your electronic waste items and having us remove them for you. In fact, we have decades of experience removing large and small e-waste items from a variety of locations and even hard to reach areas. We have teams of professionals with the know-how to haul large items safely and efficiently.
For your expert electronics recycling service, call Junk King today.
At Junk King we make it our mission to see to it that your old electronic devices and other e-waste items end up in the right place. If possible, this could be a nonprofit organization if the electronics are still functioning and useable.
Otherwise, we work with local recycling facilities to ensure your electronics items are always dismantled, reused, and disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Junk King for Electronics Recycling and Green E-Waste Disposal
Junk King provides you efficient, safe and eco-friendly e-waste removal.
There's no need to worry about how to dispose of your old electronic waste items. In addition, we make sure that your old electronics end up in the right place, which might be a nonprofit facility for your old electronics that are still useable, or a recycling facility to ensure your e-waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
We remove and dispose of almost all types of e-waste, including:
- Copy Machines