23 September 2016
Well, there are quite a few good reasons actually. Apart from containing toxic materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium and chromium that can leach into our soil and water causing harm to human health and the environment, e-waste such as televisions, computers, cameras etc. contains many valuable, recoverable materials including copper, gold, silver and plastics. This means that natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from scratch can be conserved when this equipment is recycled instead of being taken to landfill.
Technology is advancing so quickly, that we’re replacing our electronics every two to three years, leaving us with a troublesome surplus of e-waste.
“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” Jerri Swearingen
Much of what is labelled as ‘e-waste’ isn’t actually waste at all, but rather whole electronic parts that can be marketed for reuse or recycled for the recovery of valuable materials.
It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
E-cycling conserves natural resources. By recycling we save energy, reduce pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
E-cycling creates jobs for professional recyclers and refurbishers, as well as creating new markets for the valuable components that are dismantled.
20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year.
The importance of responsible computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to play your part in reducing potentially health and environmentally damaging e-waste, as well as keeping your data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.