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Why is Recycling Electronics Important for us?

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

In this post we will be telling you why is recycling electronics important for us. Here are complete details:

Electronic items have invaded our lives, almost making us decrepit in its absence. It gives us comfort and all those pleasures that could be earlier thought of and not done practically. But with this comfort has come in the problem of disposing off the electronic devices. It is not wise to put them in the trash can firstly because they have toxins that are fueling the atmospheric pollution time bomb and secondly they contain certain parts that are costly and recyclable.

Here are the reasons why we must take care of the e-wastes:

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Discarded Electronic Items Cause Pollution

Have you ever thought about the materials that are found in your devices? Just take, for example, your smartphones! You cannot sustain without it, but it contains considerable proportions of element like arsenic, lead and chromium. The picture tube televisions that are a vanishing breed now contained four to eight pounds of lead. Older versions of the computers also had mercury in monitors and even if they have been now replaced, the fluorescent light does contain mercury. You will also find Cadmium-Nickel combination on the key boards, and they are carcinogenic. Batteries, that e so desperately use to keep our cell phone alive, or our laptop alive also contains lithium, an extremely harmful element.

It is noteworthy that these heavy metals pollute the ground flora and fauna initially but as all of you are aware, the ecosystem is intricately related. If one stratum is harmed, the entire ecosystem will get affected. So it will not be long that this pollution affects us human beings.

The ultimate destiny for electronic items is the landfill. Two per cent of all solid waste is disposed of electronic devices, and they all land up in landfills. A recent survey from EPA estimated that, in just one year, over forty million computers become outdated. Other such startling revelation tells us about only eighteen per cent of the electronic items being recycled whereas the other eighty two per cent ended up in landfills. So you can see how the atmospheric time bomb is being fueled up each day! Want to know still why recycling is preferable?

Recycling Decreases Emissions 


A lot of energy is consumed and a lot of greenhouses gasses make their way to the atmosphere as the process of creating electronic devices are carried on. These emissions increase the atmospheric temperature. Just imagine- one million computers create that amount of difference as emissions from sixteen thousand cars in a year.

Donating can Help Others

If you take the step of donating your old and worn out gadgets, you can help someone enjoy it over. Very often many people don’t have the money to enjoy the resources of technology, every time you make a selfless donation; under privileged people can reap its benefits. Non-profit organizations, schools, low income families all can derive benefit out of your act of benevolence.

Job Availability for Locals

Even though, this aspect seems a little prospect for the near future yet as this market of recycling grows, there will be a necessity for more people to work in this industry. This is a noble prospect because you are stalwarts who will be conscious of safeguarding the future of the next generation.

The corporate sector is the one that can certainly make the change. Most of the dumping of electronic goods comes from the corporate sector. Additionally many of us do have a little part in the pollution so far. So it is high time that we try to make a change. Even a minuscule change will be beneficial because only when we try to bring a change individually will the collective effort make its presence felt.

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