So they don’t work any more and they may have been designed to be all but impossible to repair. So what do you do now with those electronics that, however exciting they once were, have since stopped doing what they did, or are outdated, or simply don’t work anymore with the other electronics in their ever changing ecosystem. Sometimes it seems like the price of progress is a draw full of dead electronic devices and chargers for things we don’t don’t recognise anymore. You probably held onto them all this time because of a feeling that you shouldn’t just throw them in the trash. And you were right.
Danger of Electronics
Electronic waste, also known as e-waste can present a number of dangers both to the environment and to people who come into contact with it. That’s a really good reason to get it out of your home in the first place but it also makes it important to call a company that disposes of e-waste properly. Old electronics often have components such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, and a number of flame retardants that are toxic on contact. We make sure that those hazardous components are isolated and disposed of with care so that they don’t damage people or the planet.
We all know that recycling is good because making electronics requires mining of rare elements, huge amounts of materials and energy, and recycling is clearly better than landfill or incineration as a means of disposal. But did you know how much is saved by recycling? According to the Environmental Protection Agency recycling a million old laptops doesn’t just save a bit of energy; it saves the energy required to power 3,500 homes for a full year. Similarly recycling a million old phones (and how many of those do you have lying around?) allows 35 thousand pounds of copper to be recovered. That’s along with 75 pounds of gold, and 772 pounds of silver that would otherwise have been thrown into the bin and from there into landfill.
The very best form of recycling is clearly to reuse but with the built in lifetimes designed for modern electronics that’s not always possible. Where possible electronics should be repaired for reuse but where that isn’t possible a conscientious disposal company will at least ensure that the components of a device can be recovered and reused. We aim to recycle e-waste in the best way possible for our planet.
Who Does It?
Some manufacturers have their own recycling schemes and the best way to recycle their products is to go directly to them. But if you have a box full of old chargers, devices, and wires that could take days to work out what each one is and where it should be taken. We do all that for you and properly dispose of each and every type of electronic waste in the most efficient way possible. We’re a one-stop-shop for all your electronics recycling so let us work out what should go where and take care of it for you.