The Effects of Not Recycling E-Waste

Technology has made everyone’s lives better, but progress can be hard to maintain. Every year brings new devices that make last year’s models instantly obsolete. The average consumer upgrades to a new phone once every two years and a new computer once every three to five years. So what happens to the old ones? All too often, they become part of the 50 million metric tons of electronic waste (or e-waste) improperly discarded in landfills every year. Luckily, Newtech Recycling is here to help.

With improper electronic waste disposal accounting for 70% of landfill soil pollution, we at Newtech Recycling recognize this not only as a major crisis for the environment but for public health, as well. Many hazardous materials are used in the manufacture of even common electronic devices. What toxic substances are found in computer components, for instance? Some of the most notable ones include lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium, all of which can do devastating harm when exposed to the earth, or to the human body.

Newtech Recycling offers a better way of getting rid of your unwanted devices, one that helps preserve the environment for future generations while also benefiting mankind and the economy today. At our New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection-approved facilities, specially designed machinery is used to break down your broken desktop computer and collection of old photocopiers into raw materials. Separated by type (aluminum, copper, glass, plastic, etc.), these materials can then be reused by the manufacturing industry for the creation of newer, better technologies.                                  

So, why is this e-waste recycling so essential? How does e-waste impact the environment? Below, we’ll explore the full extent of the negative ramifications of not recycling e-waste.

1. It Turns the Air into Poison Gas

There’s a good reason why most states today have e-waste laws. The threat e-waste poses to the environment is not confined to the future. It is immediate. When toxic contaminants are introduced into the atmosphere, either through burning (a common method of waste disposal in unregulated areas) or as particles released during improper dismantling, they can travel thousands of miles. These deadly fumes are a leading cause of respiratory illness, and have also been linked to cancer and other chronic conditions.

2. It Pollutes the Water We Drink

Just because you don’t live near a landfill doesn’t mean computer waste and the environment shouldn’t concern you. Just as airborne pollutants can travel surprisingly far on wind currents, e-waste contaminants can make their way into rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. This occurs when rainwater dissolves electronic components such as barium and mercury, which are then carried by the precipitation into various bodies of water. Even without rain, contaminants often leak through the earth into the groundwater. There, acidification wreaks havoc on underwater ecosystems. And it can do the same to us should it find its way into our drinking glasses.

3. It Seeps into the Soil and Our Food

Lead, mercury, and cadmium: these substances all have three things in common. First, they’re all components of electronic equipment. Second, they’re highly poisonous. Third, they’re part of a class of materials called heavy metals; emphasis on the “heavy” part. Without proper IT hardware disposal, as computers and other devices decay, these heavy metals live up to their name, separating from other components due to their weight and sinking into the soil. Unlike other forms of waste that deteriorate quickly, e-waste pollutants can remain in the earth for much longer periods, harming microorganisms and absorbing into plant life. This includes vegetation that is used as food by both people and animals.

4. It Kills People Every Single Day

The town of Guiyu is home to the largest e-waste disposal site in all of China, and possibly even the world. Because of poor regulation, e-waste environmental pollution has brought mass sickness and death to the citizens of Guiyu. Many members of the population exhibit severe respiratory, digestive, neurological, and bone diseases. Miscarriage rates are far above average, and 80% of the children who are born later go on to suffer lead poisoning. These horrors are not limited to Guiyu, however. They can be found anywhere and everywhere electronic devices are not properly disposed of. E-waste is not a localized problem. It is a global issue that endangers us all.

Recycle Your Electronics with Newtech Recycling

If you are an individual or business and you want to dispose of your unwanted technology safely and responsibly, Newtech Recycling will be there for you. We know how dangerous e-waste can be. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to devising the most effective e-waste recycling process possible. Dangerous elements are disposed of properly, while reusable parts are returned to the manufacturing sector.

If you need help with electronics recycling in NJ, NY, CT, or PA, Newtech Recycling has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to guarantee your old tech is disposed of in a way that won’t harm the environment or your fellow human.

Contact us today so we can work together for a better tomorrow.

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Recycling: Beyond the Bin

Anywhere you go, you’re likely to see a recycling bin. Many of us toss plastic, glass, and other recyclable materials in a recycling bin without even thinking about it. While it’s great that recycling has become second nature for many people, it’s not enough. There are products all around us that end up in landfills every day. We can do a lot to help limit the amount of waste we produce, but one of the most pressing issues today is the amount of e-waste we produce. E-waste is one of the biggest threats to our environment, and many people don’t even realize when they help contribute to it. James Kay with ISM Waste & Recycling gave us an example of what all goes into recycling. "Many electrical products contain hazardous components; for example, LCD TVs contain fluorescent backlights. When LCD televisions are recycled, all hazardous substances such as mercury are removed from the TV. The remaining materials are composed of different plastics, metals and the circuit board. Many of these components and elements can be reprocessed and used in new products."

Electronics, like computers and cell phones, are all supposed to be recycled properly, but many people neglect to do this. Millions of tons of e-waste end up polluting landfills each year, which can have grave effects on the environment worldwide. Learn more about recycling electronics. 

How Can You Recycle Electronics 

Unlike household products like tin cans and plastic bottles, recycling electronics isn’t as easy and tossing them in a bin and putting them outside of your home for someone to come collect. The process of recycling electronics is entirely different. Everyone should be able to find a recycling center in their area where they can drop off their old electronics. Julia Goldstein, PhD with JLFG Communications told us "Ideally, electronics dropped off for recycling (e-waste) head to a responsible recycling facility in the same region where they are discarded. There, devices are disassembled to separate the components." If there isn’t a place local to you, you may be able to find a center you can ship your devices to. Depending on the recycling center and the type of electronics you’re recycling, you might not even have to deliver the electronics yourself to be recycled. Many centers offer pick-up services if you have a large number of electronics or heavy appliances to get rid of, especially for occasions like office cleanouts. It’s important to keep in mind that you should always responsibly recycle your electronics, but in some states, you’re legally required to. If your old electronics still work perfectly fine, you might also consider donating them so someone else can get use from them.

What are Recycled Electronics Used For?

Joseph with Fire Stick Hacks recalls a time when he recycled some old electronics and after dropping them off he started to wonder what exactly happened to them next. "The good news is that most of the electrical items thrown away can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. By taking the effort to dispose of electronics properly, you can save natural finite resources and reduce the damaging materials added to landfills that can put both wildlife and the community at risk."

We’ve become so accustomed to our electronics, that many of us don’t realize how valuable they really are. Plastic and glass are the most obvious parts of electronics that can be reused, but our devices contain far more than that. Many of our everyday devices contain precious metals like gold and silver. It’s senseless to have these materials and allow them to go to waste in a landfill when they could be reused to produce a variety of products in the future. These materials are only available in limited qualities and once we’ve depleted our resources, that’s it. Other parts of electronics, like batteries, can also be used again. By recycling our electronics, we can prevent having to source and produce more materials to create products from scratch. 

Of course, recycling electronics doesn’t just help reuse important components of a device or appliance, it helps prevent harmful chemicals and toxins from ending up in a landfill. Our electronics are perfectly safe to have in our homes when they’re being used and taken care of, but when they’re discarded and exposed to the elements, they can become extremely dangerous. Toxins from old electronics and seep into the soil, affecting the health of nearby communities, but they will also eventually end up contaminating water sources, which will impact the entire world. Recycling electronics helps keep our environment and everyone around us safe and healthy. 

Recycle Your Electronics Responsibly 

Recycling electronics takes a few extra steps than what we’re used to, it’s a small effort that can have a huge impact on when we all commit to it. If you own any electronics, you have a duty to make sure they get disposed of properly when you’re done with them. NewTech Recycling gives corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania a reliable way to recycle their old electronics. We know how much e-waste can be produced in an office and want to see that all of it ends up in the right place. 

NewTech can help you make sure that all of your electronics are taken care of correctly when they’re no longer usable. Contact us if you have old electronics to recycle. 

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10 Ways to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly

Many of us have been making efforts in our personal lives to be more environmentally friendly. Making these changes can require some work, but are more than worth it. However, many of us forget to keep making these efforts one we walk into the office. A lot of what we do in this office is far from eco-friendly and we often don’t even realize it. Making a large space like an office filled with sometimes hundreds of people can be a huge challenge, but it’s something we all need to start doing.

Here are ten ways you can help create a more eco-friendly office. 

1. Build a Sustainability Team

Before you start making your office more eco-friendly, you need people who will create and implement these changes. To make sure you have the right people involved who will keep this process organized, create a sustainability team. Your office’s sustainability team can come up with ideas and introduce them to the rest of the company. This ensures that everything is being done in a timely manner and all of your efforts can easily be tracked.

2. Invest in Eco-Friendly Appliances

Office spaces are filled with appliances that can be harmful to the environment. When you’re at home, you might opt for eco-friendly choices like opening the windows on a sunny day rather than turning on the lights, but things like this aren’t possible in an office. You can’t do anything about the fact that you need office lights turned on for hours every day, but you can make better choices about what you buy, like energy-efficient light bulbs. Many everyday office appliances have eco-friendly versions available that are a more responsible option to buy. Sonya Schwartz with Her Norm has made numerous small swap outs to be more eco-friendly and noticed that the small changes really started to add up. "No matter how big or small, all our efforts to help take care of the environment can contribute to improving sustainability."

3. Start Recycling

If your office isn’t already recycling, it’s time to get started. Recycling is one of the simplest things your office can do to become greener. Even small offices create a large amount of waste, so it’s important to recycle as many things as possible. You might also use this time to educate your employees on what exactly they’re able to recycle depending on your location. You might have single-use items that you use all the time that you aren’t aware can be recycled. Look into every option when it comes to recycling, even computers and other electronics need to be recycled properly. 

4. Buy Reusable Products

Single-use products are a huge waste, especially considering that many of them can be bought in a reusable form. If you have plastic cups or water bottles in the office, get rid of them, and encourage employees to bring in their own reusable water bottle. This goes for everything you might use, like utensils, muds, and straws. Make sure dish soap is available so that everyone can keep their items clean. You can even buy branded items for your employees to encourage them to use them more often. 

5. Decorate With Office Plants

Offices often struggle with poor air quality. Bringing plants into the office can help improve the air while also making you feel a little greener. There are many plants that you can buy that grow perfectly fine in an office setting and can help filter the air. This doesn’t just make your office look great, but having a plant to take care of and enjoy can do a little to improve people’s moods during the day. 

Victoria Stratton with Health Labs told us that this was one simple and easy way to make the office more green what has the added bonus of making your office more stylish. "Decorate! We've added plants in every office, like Peace Lilies, to clean the air and reduce carbon emissions. Plus it looks great!"

6. Set Lights to a Timer

We all forget to turn the lights off when we leave a room. At home, this might not seem like a huge issue if it’s only one light, but in an office, it can be dozens. Turning off the lights before leaving is easy to forget, which is why you should start setting them to a timer. You might not be able to do this where everyone sits, as it may shut the lights off when you’re hard at work, but other spaces can benefit greatly from it. Areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and hallways don’t get used constantly all day long, but their lights are probably still on. This can help you save a lot of energy that you might not know is being wasted. 

7. Make An Effort to Use Less Paper

It can be difficult to break old habits, but in many workspaces, there isn’t much need for paper anymore. Much of what we once needed paper for can now all be done on the computer, so you can cut back on a lot of the paper you normally need. Of course, you can recycle used paper, but if you can avoid using things you don’t need to begin with, that’s even better yet. Even small things like writing in notepads are something you can switch to using an electronic device for. 

Yulia Vinokurova with Chanty told us just how simple cutting back on or cutting out paper completely from your office can be. "One of the best ways to make your office eco-friendly is to go completely paperless. We don’t have anything on paper in the office now and we opted to receive all of our bills through email. When we do need to write something down, we use a whiteboard."

8. Encourage Carpools

Chances are, many of your employees drive to work. If you’re lucky, your drive might be 10-15 minutes, but many people drive over a half hour both ways to work. Motor vehicles are a huge cause of pollution, and it might seem unavoidable when you have to get to work, but you can still cut back on the negative impact you have. Many of the people you work with are probably from the same neighborhoods and can take turns carpooling to work to reduce the number of cars on the road. You can put up a sign-up sheet for people who are interested in participating so they can find people who live near them to team up with. This isn’t only great for the environment, but people can also save on gas money. 

9. Start-Eco Friendly Challenges

A great way to get everyone excited about getting eco-friendly is to start challenges in the office. Awards work well to help incentivize this process. You can give people the chance to win things like gift cards or time off when they make efforts to help make the office more eco-friendly. This gives people a way to enjoy being more environmentally friendly and gives them something to enjoy.

10. Use Renewable Energy 

One goal that you might set for the future is to switch your office to a renewable energy source, if possible. This can be an initially expensive and time-consuming switch, so make this a long-term goal for your company. This is one of the biggest things for an office to do to become eco-friendly and it isn’t always easy, but it’s something great to consider for businesses that are able to do so. 

How to Recycle Batteries

Newtech Recycling is always on a mission to make the world a better place to live through our environmentally sound recycling techniques. You have likely heard the story before: too many people take the easy way out and throw away their batteries and other electronic waste with the rest of the trash. The e-waste ultimately makes its way to a landfill, where harmful metals such as lead and nickel can leach into the soil and poison the environment.

That reality is why we take electronic disposal so seriously at Newtech Recycling. We do everything we can to recycle the right way in New Jersey and the surrounding Tri-state area where we operate, but it falls upon everyone to do their part, as well.

In the case of battery recycling, we realize you may have questions about which kinds are fine to throw away and which should be recycled because of the harm they pose to the environment. In this guide, we will detail some different types of batteries and how you can recycle the harmful ones with Newtech Recycling. Being informed about this process can help you to be responsible when it comes to your own e-waste disposal.

What Types of Batteries to Recycle

It may surprise you to learn that not all batteries need to be recycled with a company such as Newtech Recycling. Let’s learn about some of the differences.

Single-Use Batteries

In the world of e-waste recycling, modern, single-use alkaline batteries are considered to be the good guys. These are the batteries found in your flashlights and television remotes. They include AA, AAA, and 9-volt batteries. The reason these types of batteries are safe to throw out is because of the materials that compose them. The U.S. federal government has deemed their components of steel, zinc, manganese, potassium, and graphite to be acceptable for traditional disposal in the garbage; only California has banned the disposal of all types of batteries.

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries, meanwhile--such as those found in laptops, power tools, and cell phones--should be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. That’s because they could contain hazardous metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and lithium. If those metals got into the soil of a landfill, they could eventually infect everything from groundwater to plant and animal life. You must recycle these batteries, then, but how?

In a case such as that, give Newtech Recycling a call. We have a recycling process that allows us to work efficiently at this. Our large-scale electronic recycling plan may first require us to pick up your rechargeable batteries if you have a large volume of them, such as if you are cleaning out a corporate office. Then, at our recycling plant, we break apart the batteries into hazardous and non-hazardous materials. We are able to take the dangerous metals and add them back into the manufacturing industry, where they can be of use once again. This is a great way of keeping harmful materials out of the environment.

Button Batteries

We then come to button batteries, which you can find in watches, some toys, electronic greeting cards, and more. These buttons may be made of simple alkaline materials, just like AA batteries are. In that case, button batteries can be thrown away. However, if the button batteries contain lithium, silver, or mercury, they are obviously considered hazardous and should be either recycled or returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal.

Responsible E-Waste Recycling for Your Batteries

You can see from the above list that, while some batteries are fine to toss out in the trash, others contain dangerous metals and must be disposed of with all the proper care. In New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, Newtech Recycling works hard every day to practice safe and responsible electronic recycling for our customers and the environment. Whether it’s computer recycling, hard drive destruction, or recycling your rechargeable batteries, Newtech can help. E-waste recycling is an issue that is important not just to us, but to the world in general.

If you find yourself wondering how to recycle your batteries, or whether your batteries are hazardous at all, call Newtech Recycling. We are happy to recycle any of your old electronics and dispose of them in safe, legal, sustainable ways. Contact us today to learn more.

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Why the U.S. is Terrible at Recycling Electronics

We’re all accustomed to the amount of technology we rely on day to day, so you might not even think about it. Most of us are constantly surrounded by technology and go through electronics fairly quickly. E-waste is a major problem that will have lasting effects on our environment and millions of tons of it are produced each year. Not only does this e-waste leak toxic chemicals into the soil and water, but it’s also a huge waste of resources. Much of this damage has already been done, but we can help prevent it from getting worse. 

One concern that can make it harder to prevent more e-waste from ending up in landfills is the amount of e-waste the U.S. has. A large amount of e-waste that gets put in landfills comes from the U.S., although we know the risks associated with this. This is a global issue, as the effects on our environment spread and impact us all. So, if e-waste is so harmful, why isn’t the U.S. falling behind when it comes to recycling electronics? 

Lack of Education

Many of us receive basic information about recycling as we grow up. Everyone understands the importance of recycling materials like plastic and glass, even if they don’t do it. However, many don’t know why electronics need to be recycled or where to do so. Recycling electronics isn’t as simple as putting it in your recycling bin and waiting for it to be picked up. If someone isn’t familiar with e-waste, they may not even realize that there’s an issue with lumping it in with their regular garbage. Some might not question what happens to their electronics when they throw them away and if e-waste recycling is big in your area, you might not even be aware that it’s an option. Ultimately it comes down to the consumers of these products to educate themselves on the dos and don’ts of recycling tech. Jessica Rose with Copper H2O reiterated this in stating that “At the end of the day, recycling issues largely rest at the feet of US consumers. For the US to become better at recycling, consumers must become more conscious about recycling.”

It’s Legal in Many States

The damaging effects of e-waste have already been proven, but there is no federal law that requires Americans to properly recycle electronics. Despite knowing the detrimental impact that electronics can have on our environment, it’s still legal in many states to throw them away. Of course, properly recycling electronics is still an option for these states, but it’s up to the individual to do it. Even in states where recycling electronics is mandatory, you have to go out of your way to recycle it. If a state doesn’t legally require that you take these extra steps to safely recycle e-waste, people can easily toss it in with their regular trash. 

Recycling Programs, in General, are Lacking

The U.S. needing major improvements on how we recycle electronics may not come as a big surprise if you already know that our regular recycling programs aren’t always top-notch. Overall, we can do better at making an effort to recycle in our lives. Compared to other countries, the U.S. still has some improvements to make when it comes to how much we recycle. Recycling items like paper and plastic is easier for many than it is to recycle electronics, and if we struggle with basic recycling already, it’s understandable that recycling electronics can be even more difficult. 

Electronics Recycling Made Easy

As the owner of multiple electronics, you have a huge responsibility to recycle them properly. As we go through electronics at a more rapid rate, e-waste recycling programs are more important than ever and all Americans need to make the effort to recycle their devices. At Newtech Recycling, we know the grave effects of e-waste and want to see that everyone is taking steps to reduce the amount that ends up in our landfills. Because of this, we aim to make recycling electronics as easy as possible. Whether it’s your old household devices or an entire office space that needs to be cleared out, Newtech is here to help. We ensure that all electronics are taken care of correctly and safely.

Robert Johnson with SAWINERY told us that the biggest issue he sees is consumers failing to properly recycle their electronics and causing contamination. “What adds to the burden of recycling is the failure to segregate properly, which leads to contamination, making it difficult for recycling manufacturers to manage and process these materials.” When you choose to use a recycling company for your e-waste it takes all the guess work out of it. They will handle separating and recycling your tech the correct way so you don’t have to!

Our e-waste problem won’t resolve itself and it’s time for each of us to start taking action. Learn more about how you can help reduce the amount of e-waste we create and how Newtech can help by contacting us today.  

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How to Protect Your Data Before You Get Rid of Your Computer

Your computer is loaded with all of your favorite things like cherished pictures, songs, and movies. Before you get rid of an old computer, these are obviously things you want to be able to hang onto. However, these aren’t the only important files that your computer has on it. Your computer contains all of your most important personal information, such as your banking information and other private details of your life. When you get rid of your computer, you want to be sure that all of this is completely wiped off before disposing of it.

It’s extremely important that you take every step that you can to protect yourself from someone getting all of your important personal information. Before you get rid of an old computer, read this so that you know how to protect yourself from someone stealing your data. 

Save Everything First

The first step before clearing all of your data is to make sure it’s all safely saved somewhere else first. Once you’ve successfully gotten all of your information off of your computer, there’s no getting it back. Look through everything before deleting it just so you’re sure you save anything you’ll want to have in the future. It’s a good practice to always have your data backed up just in case, but if you haven’t been doing it, take your time and go through everything that needs to be saved. There are a few different ways of doing this, with some of the most common methods being external storage devices and cloud services.

Sign Out of All Accounts

Many of us stay logged into the accounts we use most often and don’t even think about it. Many websites that contain sensitive information log you out after a certain amount of time, but there could be some that don’t. Accounts like your email, social media, and e-commerce store logins should all be logged out of before getting rid of your computer. You should also double-check that you don’t have any of your login information saved anywhere on your computer, like on a website itself or written in a document. 

Factory Reset

Going through and deleting information manually can be extremely time-consuming. Not only can this quickly become frustrating, but there’s also a good chance that you’re bound to miss something. To make things easier on yourself, do a factory reset rather than worrying about finding and deleting everything on your own, do a factory reset. This is something you can do on any device, including phones and tablets. A factory reset deletes any personal information on your computer and reverts it to the way it was when you initially bought it. This is a quick and simple way of deleting everything all at once.  

Have it Professionally Wiped

It’s common to handle erasing personal information from your computer all on your own. Often, it can look like everything has been successfully erased, but there could still be ways to access this information. This data can still be found on your computer if you know how to look for it. Someone getting access to the information just isn’t worth the risk. Your personal data isn’t something you want to risk. For the safest way to protect your data, bring your computer to a professional who can safely erase it. This is especially important for corporate computers.

Newtech Recycling knows how important it is to have your personal data taken care of before recycling your old computer. Because of this, we help you safely recycle old devices by offering data destruction services that guarantee your data will be completely removed from a device. As a trusted e-waste recycling center, we have access to technology that others don’t to effectively wipe all data from computers. In addition to deleting data, we can also destroy hard drives. Through these services, there will be no way for anyone to access your data, so you can feel safe recycling an old computer or device. 

Don’t take the risk of deleting data on your own. To learn more about how Newtech Recycling can help make recycling your old computer safe and simple, contact us today. 

Electronic Recycling Made Easy

You might not think of it, but you go through electronics often. Household appliances like refrigerators can last you for at least a decade, so while you might not be replacing those often, there’s plenty of other electronics in your house. Your computers and TVs can get you a few years of use, but you might be replacing your cell phones as frequently as once a year. 

With people all over the world doing this, the amount of unwanted electronics becomes overwhelmingly huge, but where does it all go? Many states and countries have made it mandatory that all unwanted electronics be appropriately recycled, but most of our old electronics still end up in landfills. At NewTech Recycling, we know how detrimental e-waste is and aim to provide easy electronic recycling across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. 

What is E-Waste Recycling?

Despite recycling electronics being required in many places, people still aren’t aware of it. Unlike your typical recycling where you can toss plastic and glass in a bin for someone to come collect, e-waste recycling requires you to go slightly out of your way. This could make people not realize that it’s an option or think that it’s much harder to do than it actually is. E-waste recycling is as simple as taking your old electronics to your local recycling center.

By properly recycling old electronics, you can help prevent them from ending up in landfills. Electronics that are discarded into landfills leak toxic chemicals into nearby soil, water, and air, endangering the entire environment. With so much of our electronic waste being thrown into landfills, this has quickly become a huge problem. Not only are the devices harmful when they’re left to waste away in landfills, but it’s also incredibly wasteful. We all know that the technology in our lives is valuable, but we often overlook just how valuable it is. Many devices today contain precious metals that need to be mined. These precious metals and other important elements in electronics can be reused again to create new devices after the current ones reach the end of their lives. 

E-Waste Recycling at NewTech

NewTech Recycling helps to make electronics recycling as simple as it can be. We offer a variety of different services that you might need while getting rid of your old electronics responsibly. Whether you have a few small devices to recycle or your whole office needs to be cleared out, you can rely on us. 

E-Waste Pick-Up

Recycling small devices like phones and tablets is incredibly simple. However, once you move into larger electronics and appliances, doing this on your own can be difficult. You might not have a car that can fit your unwanted electronics or you might be unable to physically move them yourself at all. If this is the case, NewTech has you covered. We own a fleet of trucks that can help electronics recycling easy by picking up your old products for you. 

Corporate Cleanout 

Cleaning out office spaces can be overwhelming, especially when you have to figure out where to send your old electronics. You might have dozens of computers and large copiers that you couldn’t possibly recycle on your own. NewTech offers corporate cleanout services that can help make recycling your old office electronics easy. We want to be sure that these electronics are taken care of responsibly when they’re out of use and work with you to help get them removed.  

Data Destruction

Most of us have important documents and information on all of our electronics. This is true if it’s a device you use for your personal life, which can contain things like your banking information, but also for businesses of all industries. When you’re recycling your old electronics, you want to be sure that no one has access to the information that was stored on the device while it was in use. Even if you have a broken device, there are still ways for this information to be retrieved, and simply deleting it yourself isn’t enough. We offer data destruction and hard drive shredding so that you can be sure all of your data is protected when you recycle old devices.


To learn more about the services we offer and how NewTech Recycling can help, contact us today.

Top Toxic Chemicals in Electronics

At Newtech Recycling, we spend a lot of time explaining to clients and website visitors just how dangerous it can be to throw your old electronics in the garbage. The reason is that most electronics contain heavy metals and other chemicals that are toxic to all life, from plants to animals to people. The presence of electronics in landfills is an extreme environmental and health hazard for that reason.

To give you a clearer idea of the risks involved with casually tossing electronics in with normal garbage, we are going to detail for you a few of the top toxic chemicals in electronic devices. We hope that, by the end, you will understand why we are so committed to tech recycling here at Newtech.

1. Lead

First on our list is lead, a heavy metal commonly found in old CRT, or cathode-ray tube, televisions. Lead is a metal you really don’t want to mess with. Its adverse effects on the human body will occur whether you breathe in, swallow, or absorb the substance. The frightening aspect of lead is that your body will take it in and store it in your bones and blood. The dangers of this are revealed only slowly, over time, as the lead is gradually released into your body from its storage places. This may result in pain or tingling, fatigue, abdominal cramps, and weakness. Higher exposures to lead can cause brain and kidney damage or death.

2. Mercury

You are likely somewhat familiar with mercury and its dangers; it was commonly used in old thermometers. But mercury is also present in the screens of LCD televisions, computers, and cell phones. You are safe while using these devices, but if they crack or become otherwise compromised, such as they would be in a landfill, the mercury vapors are released. Mercury is a particularly poisonous metal that can affect the development of unborn babies and damage the lungs, kidneys, eyes, digestive system, immune system, and nervous system of adults. The health effects of mercury exposure depend largely on the amount of mercury involved, what kind of exposure it was, and for how long the exposure lasted. Needless to say, mercury is not a metal anyone wants in the air, soil, or water. This is why we take electronic recycling so seriously at Newtech Recycling.

3. Cadmium

Cadmium is usually found in computer batteries, switches, and circuit boards. As with most of the chemicals we are listing, the effects of cadmium on the human body depend on the type of exposure that occurs. Strong exposure in a short period may damage the lungs and cause muscle pain, weakness, and chills. Meanwhile, gradual cadmium exposure over time can damage the kidneys, bones, and lungs. Finally, and importantly, cadmium is a known human carcinogen, meaning exposure to it can cause cancer.

4. Flame Retardants

The final item on our list is not another metal, but rather a general category known as flame retardants. These are chemicals that are applied directly to the components used in electronics to prevent the spread of fire, should one ever occur inside the device. Flame retardants are nearly inescapable in our society. They are used in many products, including electronics, furniture, and the insides of vehicles. Most people are exposed to flame retardants every day without realizing it. Brominated flame retardants are usually used in electronics. “Brominated” means the chemicals contain the element bromine, which can be hazardous to humans in its liquid and vapor state. Whether you absorb it through the skin or inhale it, bromine can damage the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Once again, it is definitely not a chemical you would want to see transferred from a landfill to soil or groundwater.

Entrust Your Electronic Recycling to Newtech Recycling

The pictures we painted in the sections above do seem frightening. That’s because they are, but they are indeed our reality in the United States. Those metals and chemicals we mentioned do actually leach into the earth when electronics are deposited into landfills with other garbage.

At Newtech Recycling, we work every day to prevent scenarios like that taking place. We take your obsolete electronics, destroy your old personal data, and recycle the remaining parts to be used in further electronic production. It’s all in a day’s work when it comes to responsible tech recycling.

Contact us today to get a quote on your own recycling project, and we will be happy to assist you.

Can We Fix Our Way Out of the Growing E-Waste Problem?

E-waste is problematic in the environmental and health hazards it can cause upon being thrown away in the garbage. Let’s explain the basics of this.

For those who don’t know, e-waste consists of electronics and electrical devices that have surpassed their useful lives and are now considered junk or scrap. Now, why does e-waste pose the great dangers we mentioned above? It is because most electronics contain heavy metals that, when they leach into the ground of a landfill, can pollute the soil and water and kill parts of nearby ecosystems. Groundwater from landfills can run miles away from these sites, spreading that pollution elsewhere.

It makes sense, then, that people try to control the depositing of e-waste in landfills by engaging in responsible e-waste recycling. This type of recycling can truly fix our way out of the growing e-waste problem in the United States.

Before we discuss other solutions, we will look briefly at some e-waste background.

What Is E-Waste Like in the United States?

The United States creates around 10 million tons of e-waste a year, with numbers fluctuating around that number in different years. However, only a small portion of that is actually recycled in responsible ways.

The majority of American e-waste ends up in landfills, where other general refuse is dumped. Newer landfills have plastic liners under them to seal off their materials from the environment, but many older landfills do not have such liners. This means their contents can seep into the earth over time, causing great pollution.

This is a particular problem with e-waste, since much of it contains metals such as cadmium, cobalt, lead, and mercury. These can be deadly if ingested by animals or taken in by plants.

It is up to us to respond to this growing problem in the United States. E-waste recycling is one solution. But what are some others?

Possible Solutions to the U.S. E-Waste Problem

We asked around to get some ideas on what else can be done to reduce the United States’ e-waste production. Here are some possibilities.

Turn E-Waste into Chromebooks

Drew Darnbrough of Neverware suggested the following: “For anyone with old computers that still work (and even some that don't!), you can always try turning them into a Chromebook for free with our CloudReady Home Edition OS.”

This is certainly one option: getting the Chrome environment on old devices, even outdated computers that might otherwise be thrown away and become hazardous e-waste.

Take an Ordered Approach

Another e-waste solution is to construct an ordered, formalized approach to the entire problem. Paul Katzoff of White Canyon had this to say about the issue:

“We feel that the only way to eradicate e-waste completely in the U.S. is to follow these steps:

  1. Properly list where all batteries should be disposed of and how many batteries each device has.
  2. Provide disposal recommendations on LCD screens, plastic body cases, electric cords, and chipboards.
  3. Motivate the electronics industry to create only fully recyclable components.
  4. Create plastics that decompose in 50 years for all e-components to remove microplastics from the environment.
  5. Each electronic component must be certified 100% recyclable before import or sale in the U.S. Penalties must be attached for any store selling non-recyclable electronics.”

Reduce the Number of Devices

Another possible solution to the United States’ e-waste problem is simply to reduce the number of devices that are extant throughout the country. Aleksandra Wronecka of Value Logic suggested a product that can help.

“Its name is Bookado, and it is a room reservation system that does not demand any tablets or touchscreens placed near conference room doors. Instead, it works based on an AR solution that allows users to scan AR markers with their own phones and within seconds see the status of the room. Bookado users can sort company rooms by availability. It was developed in the BYOD (bring your own device) model and I believe this is the future of reducing e-waste because fewer devices mean less pollution.”

Recycle at Stores

A final possible solution is to return your old electronics to the stores where you buy upgrades for those devices. Stacy Caprio of Deals Scoop explains: “One way to contribute to fixing the U.S.’s growing e-waste problem is to participate in the return or recycling programs many brands and stores offer when you buy a new upgrade. These programs give you the opportunity to turn in your older models for free recycling or even in exchange for a discount on the newer model.

“Recycling your old electronics by giving them back to the store or brand you bought them from can help with the e-waste problem because the store is often able to reuse some of the parts instead of the entire product going into a landfill.”

Newtech Recycling Can Help with Your E-Waste Recycling

Alongside these other solutions to the United States e-waste problem, Newtech Recycling continues to offer its own fix to the issue: responsible e-waste recycling. We work throughout the Tri-State area to take in your old, obsolete electronics and dispose of them properly. We destroy your data to ensure your privacy and then reuse as many parts of your electronics as we can, even salvaging components that we can return to the raw materials market. We are here to help make this a better world for everybody.


Contact Newtech Recycling today to get a quote on your electronic recycling project.

5 Shocking Environmental Effects of E-Waste

If you’re like most people today, you likely spend most of your day using electronics. This has become such a common part of our lives that you might not even notice just how many electronics you interact with on a regular day. Most of us are very comfortable using technology, although we might not have a good understanding of what our devices actually contain. We aren’t expected to understand how any of the devices in our lives work, but we all need to educate ourselves on how to use them safely. 

Disposing of electronics like regular garbage is extremely harmful to our environment, but it continues to happen every day. Here are five environmental effects of e-waste that you might not realize. 

Toxins Contaminate Soil

One of the most obvious ways that e-waste affects the environment is through soil. Contaminated soil is a huge concern, as it can be incredibly easy to spread after that. Thomas Woznicki, president of Combined Resources, Inc, explains “One thing many people don't realize is that e-waste, when not properly recycled, can have harmful effects on animals and wildlife. When toxins from improperly processed e-waste leach into soil, they can contaminate groundwater which can cause neurological damage to animals who drink that water. Aquatic wildlife can also suffer from toxic waste as a result of improper e-waste disposal.” By contaminating the soil with dangerous chemicals, we create the risk of poisoning everything around it. 

Water Pollution

After it’s contaminated the soil, toxins can eventually make their way into nearby water. Marine biologist and chief editor at Water-Pollution Casper Ohm says “The issue with electronics is that they contain toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, all of which are bad for the environment. The way they end up in the water supply is through a process called bioleaching, where the metals gradually leach out of where they were disposed, leaking into neighboring environments. When organisms consume this metal, it's stored in trace amounts, accumulating over time, and then passed up the food chain.”

Damage to the Atmosphere

While contaminating water and soil is a huge concern when it comes to e-waste, toxins can also release into the air. E-waste is harmful enough on its own, but when electronics are disposed of incorrectly, they often end up being burned, which only makes them more dangerous. This exposes those in the area to the toxins in the air, but it quickly and easily spreads far beyond that. When these toxins are released into the air, they can travel for miles. This can lead to multiple people being forced to breathe in contaminated air, which can lead to further problems, such as respiratory concerns. 

Drain on Resources

Electronic devices are so commonplace that we often don’t realize how valuable they are. Many of the electronics you use each day use precious metals, of which there is a limited supply in the world. When electronics are tossed away and not recycled, these valuable resources are completely wasted when they could have been reused. When new products are created, we need to again find these materials, which won’t always be available to us once we use them all up. Mining these materials often puts workers at risk as well, making it even more important to recycle existing electronics. 

Josh Prigge, owner of the sustainability consulting firm Sustridge, explains some of the concerns of e-waste, “We’re not only talking about the economic value that could be recovered and the new minerals and precious metals that wouldn’t need to be extracted from Earth if we reused what already exists, but what about all the energy and water used to create the once glorious iPhones and laptops in the first place? Most electronic products like the iPhone are in use for a short 12 -18 months before being discarded and upgraded to the newest model.” By recycling these products responsibly, we can help make it easier to create new ones going forward, rather than draining resources and energy to create them from scratch. 

Health Issues in Humans and Wildlife

Of course, when so much of our environment has been negatively affected by e-waste, it will eventually start to affect us. Although we may be far away from where our e-waste goes, it can eventually catch up with us. As it’s in our food and water, exposure to these toxins can lead to health issues for humans and animals. While this can affect all of us via water and the foods we eat, those living in underdeveloped areas that take on the world’s e-waste are especially at risk. Casper Ohm comments “Humans are at the top of this food chain, which is why the toxic metals from e-waste which starts as a simple battery-leak on a crushed iPhone, to the grilled fish on your plate many years later. As the metals spread through the water supply, they will end up inside fish and also in your local produce. Vegetables soak up everything from the water they are given, so trace amounts of metals can be found on them as well.”

We can dramatically cut back the effect that e-waste has on our environment by recycling and repurposing our old electronics. Contact NewTech Recycling today to properly dispose of your old, broken, or unwanted electronic devices.