As phones, tablets and other small electronic devices have become more popular, a new problem has emerged: electronic waste.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of e-waste is properly recycled. Most is tossed in the trash, where it will most likely end up in a landfill.
Some electronic waste is collected and is sent abroad to China or other countries where valuable components are extracted and the remaining parts burned. This process is dangerous and harmful to the workers due to the number of toxic chemicals found in electronic devices. Additionally, e-waste recovery can have an extremely detrimental effect on the environment. The pollution that occurs as a result of burning circuit boards or using acid to recover materials like steel can be deadly.
What should you do with your e-waste?
- Sell it. Websites like eBay or craigslist are great outlets for selling electronics. What better way to say goodbye to your old electronics than with a bump to your bank account?
- Donate it. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great organization where your contribution will help someone in need and the environment at the same time.
- Recycle it properly. Order an E-Waste Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle. Once purchased, fill the box with your e-waste and send it back to TerraCycle, where the waste is separated and safely recycled.
It takes 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor. Currently, only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled. Be a part of the solution, and help to save the environment!