Landfills in America are being contaminated by massive amounts of electronic waste, or e-waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that e-waste is the fastest-growing municipal waste stream in America. For some perspective: on the global level, there are as many as 50 million metric tons of e-waste disposed of annually. Only 12.5 percent of this waste is recycled.

Connecticut’s 2007 electronic recycling law has compelled the state’s citizens to find responsible means of disposing of electronic waste. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection (DEEP) provides information to consumers regarding the proper disposal of electronic waste. Newtech Recycling is a CT-DEEP Approved Recycler for the State programs in Connecticut.  We are proud of this designation as it verifies to our clients that we have completed an intensive review of our operation, processes, procedures, flow of materials and our downstream vendors.  We value partnership with the CT-DEEP and work closely with them to make frequent improvements and enhancements to our program.  This approval coupled with our certifications make us a perfect choice for the needs of CT residents and businesses.  Each day we have a fleet of trucks in the area collecting e-waste and other materials and bringing them to our processing plant to be recycled the right way.

What Is Considered E-Waste?

The term “e-waste” refers to electronic items that have reached the end of their lives. These products range from mobile phones, computers, and office equipment to televisions and stereos.

Connecticut state laws prohibit manufacturers from selling any electronics that are not in compliance with DEEP regulations. The regulations also require manufacturers to provide e-waste recycling data to their customers.

The harmful heavy metals contained in many of the products defined as e-waste are cause for environmental concern. Metals such as lead, beryllium, cadmium, and chromium pose a direct threat to the environment. While e-waste makes us only 2 percent of the waste in landfills, it is responsible for approximately 70 percent of the hazardous waste.

Mobile Device Recycling

Mobile phone manufacturers push to make previous models of their devices obsolete as rapidly as possible in an extremely competitive marketplace. This practice results in technical obsolescence and items that are expected to become damaged shortly after being purchased if they are not protected by cases and screen protectors.

The daily disposal of mobile phones is said to be somewhere in the ballpark of 416,000 devices. In addition to the toxic materials mentioned previously, mobile phones also contain mercury, arsenic, and brominated flame retardant. All of these materials are harmful to the environment. Newtech Recycling is dedicated to properly processing and disposing of these toxins to reduce the number of mobile devices being buried in landfills and harming the earth.

Computer Recycling

With the high turnover rate of business technology and the consumer demand to upgrade to faster systems, computers account for a vast majority of items discarded as e-waste. In fact, about 142,000 computers are disposed of on a daily basis. Computers contain many components that have an adverse effect on the environment when placed in the ground, and recycling helps keep these harmful materials out of landfills and water sources.

Another concern about discarding these items lies in the sensitive data contained within them. With our hard drive shredding service, Connecticut residents can safely and securely recycle their computers without having to worry about their information getting into the wrong hands afterward.

Certified E-Waste Recycler

As a certified recycler of e-waste, Newtech Recycling specializes in recycling all forms of e-waste, including but not limited to:

 

  • Televisions
  • Mobile phones
  • Computers
  • Stereos
  • Office Equipment

If you are a business in Connecticut and have products you need to dispose of, and you want to do so responsibly, contact Newtech Recycling to schedule an appointment. We will come to you, haul away your hardware, and make sure it is recycled in a safe, legal, sustainable way.

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