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.