The Role Recycling Plays with E-Waste

By: BJ Neller   /   February 22, 2016

One of the drawbacks to living in the age of technology is how quickly those technologies become obsolete. All over the world landfills are overflowing with old phones, cables and computer components as the public eagerly awaits new technologies to replace them. This in turn has lead to the problem of e-waste and the challenge of how best to handle our obsolete technologies. Well, for responsible businesses the answer is simple. At Secure Waste, Inc. we know that the alternative to simply creating more waste is electronics recycling. Electronics recycling is cost effective, environmentally prudent and the morally responsible thing to do.   Facts about E-Waste and Recycling: - Approximately 300 million to 400 million electronic items become obsolete each year; and much of that is recyclable. - Most e-waste contains a variety of metals and other materials that can be recycled. - According to the EPA, 112,000 computers are disposed of every day in the U.S. alone. This amounts to 41 million desktop and laptop computers per year. - Only 13% of electronic waste is disposed and recycled properly. - 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. - It is more energy efficient to rebuild an old computer than it is to buy a new one or simply throw the older computer away. - According to a report by UNEP, the amount of e-waste being produced could rise by as much as 500% over the next decade in some countries of the world. The good news is that some companies are realizing that recycling makes sense and can be profitable. According to a report from ABI Research, the market for recovering and recycling used electronics reached $14.7 billion by 2015. If you are concerned about the problem of global dumping, you will be relieved to know that we actively encourage electronics recycling. We handle products such as computers, hard-drives, office specialty parts, and computer components. As stewards of the environment, we make recycling a vital part of our disposal protocols and have paper recycling programs in effect as well. After all, the last thing the world needs right now is more waste. Secure waste takes care in destroying e-waste in compliance with governmental guidelines. This helps to avoid unsafe exposure and leaching of materials from landfills and incinerators. The safeguards that we take helps avoid tragedies like the e-waste dumping that is going on right now in some parts of Africa. Waste management in Orlando is especially delicate since the city and state itself hold such fragile ecosystems. This is why here at Secure Waste we appreciate the care that must be taken in order to properly dispose of, and whenever possible recycle, waste be it electronic or paper.