When we think of recycling, we often think of items like plastic bags and newspapers. But what about electronics?

TERRA (The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance) is a recycling awareness company with a focus on e-waste. It promotes the proper collection of old electronics and works to reduce their environmental impact.

NewTech Recycling has partnered with TERRA to bring awareness to the environmental effects of electronic waste. Through this awareness, we help our customers save the environment with our E-Waste recycling process.

Read on to learn more about our combined efforts to reduce the effects of e-waste and create a greener Earth.

What is E-Waste?

E-waste is any electronics that people discard instead of sending to recycling programs. We also consider electronics that companies plan to reuse or resell as e-waste. Why? Well, most companies only salvage some parts of the electronics and discard the rest, even though almost 100% of e-waste is recyclable.

America is the #1 producer of e-waste instead of using collection programs to reuse electronics. Our TERRA program is helping to define e-waste to Americans, as well as encouraging them to turn to a recycling business when dealing with e-waste.

To understand why this cause is so important to use, let’s take a look at the destructive effects of e-waste.

What are the Effects of E-Waste?

Environmental Impact

One of the most widely acknowledged effects of e-waste is the dispersal of toxic substances. The contents of these devices are literally toxic to the environment. Once released, these substances can poison the soil around a landfill, which can lead to the poisoning of plant and animal life in the surrounding area.

These devices also contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and other potentially harmful chemicals, which can also cause air pollution. Using collection and recycling services can help combat these harmful impacts on the earth.

Effects on Humans

One impact on humans of e-waste instead of using recycling programs is serious respiratory issues. Scientists have taken air samples around landfills and tested them, finding that the air has a negative impact on human lung cells.

E-waste toxins can also increase the chance of heavy metal poisoning in humans who live close to landfills. One city in Ghana is even called “ToxiCity” because of the e-waste pollution and is ranked as one of the world’s 10 worst toxic threats.

How Can We Stop E-Waste?

One obvious way to reduce this problem is to reuse electronics instead of buying new ones. If your electronics no longer function, you can make an impact by recycling them through our tech recycling in New Jersey.

When shopping for new devices, you should consider buying eco-friendly electronic devices labeled Energy Star or certified by the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool). You can also purchase new electronics that carry multiple functions or “all-in-one” systems rather than several items. It’s better to buy one device with three functions than three devices with one function, thus limiting your e-waste.

Why We Partner with TERRA

We partner with TERRA because we care about reducing electronic waste and its negative human and environmental impacts across the world.

TERRA accomplishes this goal through its Alliance of Certified Recyclers, reaching across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. We are proud to be one of these recycling businesses certified by TERRA and look forward to building a future with less e-waste together.

Done with IT Program

TERRA’s “Done with IT” program is one of the ways this alliance is furthering its global impact. This is a program that includes mail-in, business, and on-site recycling. These devices are sent to TERRA’s Alliance of Certified Recyclers to be safely disposed of and reused.

This program oversees the recycling of high-value materials such as gold, silver, copper, palladium, etc. by collection programs to reduce the number of toxic substances found in landfills around the globe.

Bottom Line

Thinking about getting a new device? Make sure you contact local collection and recycling programs to see how to properly dispose of your current device so that it can be reused.

It may feel like your effort will not make a difference, but using waste collection services for even one device could power hundreds of homes for a year.

As the world’s e-waste problem grows, we believe working with organizations like TERRA is more important than ever. You can learn more about how Newtech Recycling lowers e-waste with TERRA through our services by contacting our team today.

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