More Benefits of Electronics Recycling
The benefits of technology are pretty easy for most people to see. After all, technology makes our lives better in very tangible ways. It makes us smarter, faster and more efficient. However, there is a downside to all the electronic gadgets and accessories that its manufacturers could probably not have foreseen. Our electronic devices are currently threatening to overwhelm our landfills and are stressing our already fragile environment. This is why some electronics manufacturers and users have committed themselves to the idea that we must pay at least as much attention to recycling our electronics as we do to recycling our paper and plastic goods. Major corporations must make a commitment – as our company has - to eliminating E-waste. Here are some of the many benefits to doing so.
- Electronics recycling reduces environmental contamination: Many electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, chemical flame retardants, beryllium, and chromium. These compounds end up in landfills and eventually into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil in which we grow our food.
- Creates Jobs: The problem of e-waste is so large that it will take an army of workers to mitigate the damage that has already been done to the environment. Moreover, jobs in the electronic sector could help decrease the amount of e-waste entering the ecosystem in the first place.
- Electronics recycling helps the economy: Because most of our e-waste is sent overseas, millions in our taxes are used for the gas-guzzling air carriers it takes to export this trash. A more effective (and economical) strategy is to convert landfills into recycling plants rather than burdening third world countries with our waste.
- Electronics recycling helps the local community: Recycled computers can be refurbished and given to schools, low-income families, and charitable organizations that would otherwise not be able to afford new computers.