The Dangers of Electronic Waste
If you have an interest in environmental conservation or green living, “electronic waste” is a term you should quickly become familiar with. If you work with any sort of electronic, chances are you have electronic waste. Most people don’t know that they should be disposing of their electronic waste in a responsible manner.
Types of Electronic Waste
Electronic waste is being generated at an extraordinary rate, especially with advancing technology and electronic items being considered obsolete after just a few years. Computers that are replaced with newer models are considered electronic waste, along with a variety of other items that are thrown away, such as:
- DVD Players
- Fax Machines
- Cell Phones
- MP3 Players
Because these things are replaced so often and newer models come out every few years, the amount of e-waste that is being generated is quite significant. Landfills are being continuously bombarded with these old electronic items that are no longer in use. What most people don’t know is that there are more responsible ways to dispose of these items, including recycling centers that deal specifically with electronic waste.
The Danger of Electronic Waste
When you look at a computer or cell phone, it doesn’t seem to be dangerous. Typically, only the outer casing is visible, but it’s what’s inside that poses a threat to the environment, people and animals. Electronic products are jam-packed with heavy metals, semi-metals and various chemical compounds that can leak into soil and become hazardous. Things like lead, mercury, copper, barium, nickel and even arsenic are all present within a variety of electronic products. As they’re being thrown away or placed in the landfills, the products often break which can expose the inner workings and those dangerous chemicals and metals.
These metals and chemicals may not pose much of a risk in very small doses, because as they are taken in by the body, it works to get rid of them. However, if they are taken in faster than the body can dispose of them, they can be a big risk. Many of these chemicals and metals are known causes of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, impaired cognitive function, damaged organs and more.
Responsibly Disposing of E-Waste
When you dispose of your electronic waste responsibly, you can help remedy this dangerous situation. Our company can pick up your old electronics and recycle them, preventing them from being dumped in a landfill and adding to the mounting problem of electronic waste. You can also simply drop off your electronic waste at our facility and allow us to take it off your hands at your own convenience. Old electronics can be recycled into a variety of new products. This is a huge step you can take to conserve the environment and help protect the plants, people and animals that live on our planet!
It takes just a few minutes to schedule a drop-off or pick-up, but makes a huge difference as far as conservation goes. Don’t let any more of your electronic waste get shipped off to the landfill, where it could poison the earth for future generations.