The typical household owns more and more electronic products every year. This relates to how quickly technology is advancing. People are relying on their electronics to communicate faster, to get things done regardless of where they are, and to obtain entertainment more easy than ever before. However, what happens to electronics that people no longer want? If there is still useful life left in the equipment, they can be donated and reused. If the equipment can no longer be used in their current state, they can be recycled so that valuable materials can be salvaged and reused for new products. Here are some guidelines on how to recycle your electronics properly to prevent waste.
Many states have regulations on how you should dispose of and recycle old electronic equipment. It is advisable that you find out what those laws are in your state of residence. You can often find this information on your state’s government website.
Fortunately, you do not have to go about this alone to do it right. In the U.S., one easy way is to look for an e-waste recycler in your local area who has been certified by the Basel Action Network. The BAN is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to prevent the passing of toxic electronic waste from industrialized countries to developing countries. The organization is named after the Basel Convention developed by the UN to prevent the disposal of toxic waste into development countries. BAN monitors this activity. A certified e-waste recycler adheres to guidelines set forth so that you can have peace of mind that your e-waste will not be harming any communities. Go to BAN’s website to find a certified e-recycler, then just drop off your equipment. It is an easy way to fulfill your duties.
Local schools and government institutions often sponsor e-recycling days. This allows people in the communities to conveniently bring in their old electronics to a designated drop-off location. The institution takes over with the recycling from there. A calendar of the scheduled e-recycling days can often be found in the newspaper or on the institution’s website. Your local public library should also have information on upcoming e-waste recycling events.
Another way is to check with your local merchant of electronic products. Sometimes they will take old electronics take them to a recycler for you. Big box electronics merchants may provide this service as a courtesy for their customers. If you choose this option, do insist on seeing some written statement about their commitment in recycling e-waste responsibly.
With everyone purchasing new phones, mobile devices, computers, peripherals, TVs, and smart appliances, it is important to learn how to properly recycle equipment. Equipment that has useful life left in it should be donated to people who can use it. For equipment that has reached the end of its useful life, proper disposal is necessary. Nowadays, people tend to buy new electronics every couple of years. Mindful recycling is necessary in order to prevent unwanted equipment from polluting the environment. This is everybody’s obligation.
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