Far more than the illegal dumping of paper, plastic, and aluminum cans, the massive amounts of electronic waste that are currently being discarded pose a looming threat to the environment in Pennsylvania and every other state in the country.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest-growing waste stream in America. As much as 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of every year. The good news is that, with Newtech Recycling, businesses in Pennsylvania can now dispose of their computers, hard drives, and other types of obsolete electronics in a safe, sustainable manner.

What Is E-Waste?

When the “useful life” of a product is reached, either through obsolescence or damage, the item becomes waste. The term “e-waste” was coined to describe electronic products that are thrown away by consumers.

Some of the products that fall under e-waste are:

  • Mobile phones
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Copy machines
  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Fax machines

Many of the materials contained in these items can be reclaimed and recommissioned. However, when electronics are thrown away and sent to landfills, some of those materials can seep into the ground and have adverse effects on the environment. With only 12.5 percent of e-waste being recycled, Pennsylvanians can participate in the efforts to mitigate the impact of this rapidly growing environmental issue.

Computer Recycling

In 2012, the EPA reported that 142,000 computers were disposed of every day. Computers are made of a host of materials, many of which are classified as toxic. The metals contained within computers is of particular concern. Toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, and chromium cause environmental harm when they are exposed to landfills and water systems, and when they are incinerated.

The World Health Organization highlights the fact that children are the most vulnerable to the toxicity of these materials. Businesses and domestic consumers should strongly consider the responsible disposal of computers. Newtech Recycling is a computer salvage company that responsibly processes recycled computers.

Mobile Phone Recycling

According to the EPA, there are approximately 416,000 mobile phones discarded every day. The same toxic elements contained in computers are also present in mobile phones. The use of approved recycling processes by certified companies helps keep harmful waste from reaching our water sources, air, and landfills.

Television Recycling

Television technology has undergone many changes over the past decade. However, one thing that has not changed is the fact that there are elements in these devices that are considered toxic waste.

To that end, Pennsylvania has passed the Covered Device Recycling Act. This legislation has made it illegal to dispose of televisions and other electronic devices improperly. Our company helps the citizens of Pennsylvania stay on the right side of the law by responsibly recycling their old televisions.

Certified E-Waste Recycler

Newtech Recycling is dedicated to using approved processes to handle, salvage, and dispose of e-waste. We have made it a personal commitment to aid Pennsylvania in the efforts to reduce the amount of e-waste that is currently being discarded improperly.

Contact us today to get a quote for your electronic hardware disposal needs!

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