A product creates environmental impacts throughout its lifecycle, from raw material extraction and manufacture to use and disposal. We all know that recycling is good for the environment, but have you ever wondered what some other incentives of this process are? Used computers, monitors and other electronic equipment that are disposed of improperly have a potential to contaminate our environment and prematurely fill our existing landfills-waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream.
E-waste contains many valuable, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources, electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being land filled.
E-waste also contains toxic and hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants, which have the potential to leach into our soil and water. This is why in time of today, recycling is the must. Let’s briefly understand some immediate advantages of this process:
Advantages are of recycle e-waste:
Preserves natural resources: Recycling helps recover valuable materials, like old electronics that can be used to make new products, this saves more energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
Protects surroundings: Safe recycling of outdated electronics promotes sound management of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.
Helps in Community service: Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.
Create Jobs: Recycling creates jobs for professional recyclers and refurbishes and creates new markets for the valuable components that are dismantled. Saves landfill space. E-waste is a growing waste stream. By recycling these items, landfill space is conserved.
We all can contribute in this process by donating our old electronics to supports schools, low-income families, and non-profit agencies by providing them with refurbished computers, cell phones, and other electronics. Individuals are helped if they are able to access technology that they could not otherwise afford. Any of these benefits are reason enough to recycle, but imagine the sense of pride and accomplishment you’ll feel knowing you did your part to save the environment!