Your used electronics could be recycled, and that too, through manufacturers. Moreover, if you want to get your old electronics items recycled then you would do well to contact your local electronics store, or even go through the online trade-in program that offer you cash or gift cards in return for your electronic goods.
Electronic Waste Needs Disposal
When it comes to solid waste it is estimated that the waste created by TVs, Computers, Peripherals, Phones, and Audio Equipment just make up a small percentage of the total solid waste. Though at first glance the small percentage seems almost inconsequential; the percentage is rising slowly yet steadily. It is estimated that between the years 1980 and 2007 almost 235 million electronic items were sold, which is around 2.25 million tons. Now, you might just give a thought to where these tons of electronic items are now?
It is estimated that only 18 percent of these items were recycled while others made their way to landfills. The ground water and the land are polluted by toxins that are a part of these electronic goods. These toxins seep into them, which leads to environmental and health hazards.
Consumers must ask themselves the question. How can I properly dispose of the electronic waste? The first step in this regard is creating an inventory of the electronic items owned by you. If you do find that there are some that are gathering dust, then you could think about disposing them off. For e.g. if you have an old PC that you are not using then you could donate it to a school or just give it to some friend or family member.
If you can’t reuse or refurbish your electronics, the next best thing is to recycle them. It is your responsibility in this regard and it’s not too difficult a one.
There are a plethora of options if you decide to recycle your electronic items. You could contact the product manufacturer or make your way to the local electronics store. There are various manufacturers who offer trade-in programs which involve the offering of a gift card or a cash reward. With so many choices and even more offers, you might just get a little confused when it comes to approaching the right recycling service provider.
In order to make the right choice you must research the recycling programs on offer and must also find out whether a recycling fee is charged by the programs or not. More often than not, you will be given a cash return; however this facet differs from one manufacturer to another.
Regions and Practices
If you think that all regions have the same recycling practices then you are in error. All regions have different approved practices and you must be well aware of the same. Information regarding these practices is easily available and hence you can go through it to make an informed decision. Moreover, different recyclers cater to the needs of different regions. So, that aspect also has to be taken under due consideration.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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