How to Recycle Electronics

When it comes to store sales, people go bonkers over the latest electronic gadgets. Many are excited to replace that old television, mobile phone, or portable mp3 player with the updated version. However, some are at a loss when it comes to properly recycling these electronics. Others simply don’t care.

Why It Matters:

Many electronics contain chemicals and parts that are hazardous to the environment. Toxins, such as lead, are found in various electronics, including computers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, and other devices. For instance, Catheode Raytubes (CRT) in monitors contains lead. Lead is known to damage the nervous, blood and reproductive systems in adults. Cadmium, used in computer batteries, is highly toxic and can damage kidneys and bones.

In addition, there is a growing amount of electronic waste (or “e-waste”) in the world because people are upgrading their electronic devices at an alarming rate. For instance, nearly a decade ago, 183 million computers and 674 million mobile phones were sold worldwide. The number is far greater today.

How to Properly Dispose of E-Waste:

Many of the retailers that carry electronics have an e-waste recycling system in their store. Stores like Office Depot, Staples, Best Buy and others, recycle your gadgets as well. Most take your items for free, or at a small cost. Sites such as Gazelle.com pay for your used electronics. Another site that makes it easy to recycle is ecyclingcentral.com. You can find the nearest recycling location on the site.

While it may be much easier to dispose of your electronic gadget in the trash, consider the impact it will have on the environment, and ultimately to your family. Recycling your items doesn’t have to be so difficult, especially with all these resource centers available locally or online. With just a little bit of research and care, you can help keep our environment clean and our community healthy.