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Apr 2015

Electronics Recycling Globally

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In the US, we have access to the latest and greatest electronics. We use them and then discard them without much thought. Across the world, this still occurs but what we may consider obsolete, others are just getting started with. CRT televisions are a thing of the past in the US, however a massive population of individuals across the globe still use them. It is still a cost effective way to stay connected to the world and the media.

 

The same goes for old cell phones. Not everyone can have the iPhone 6 or the newest tablet. The majority of the world survives without the latest and greatest. Yet as the new technology does trickle down to those who are still using older technology, there is a need to properly recycle the material. A great example of this is China. They are hungry for more of our electronics, but because of import/export regulations and the “Green Fence”, they are unable to take in our scrap electronics.

 

The reality is that every country has their own electronics recycling issues because each country generates their own e-scrap. The value of the precious metals inside each of the electronics is still present regardless of what country someone is in. The issue becomes how this material is processed and what are the effects on the environment. Crude and unsafe recycling practices do occur globally and it’s important to address them and make changes now. The longer they continue to process material unsafely, the worse we will all be in the long run.

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07

Apr 2015

Collection Events and Spring Cleaning

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The grip of winter has finally let up and it’s time to start clearing out some of the old electronics that have been collecting dust inside a closet or basement for far too long. Spring and Summer are both excellent times to load up the car and bring your electronics to a local recycling event or scrap facility, but it’s important to remember a few things before you leave your scrap with a company:

 

-Ask what certifications that they hold and how they process their material. Transparency is key in this industry and it’s important to understand where your material may end up.

-Find out how the company will ensure data destruction so that the information on your hard drive won’t end up in the wrong hands.

-Take a look at the company’s website and make sure you are comfortable with who you are recycling with.

-If a collection event isn’t occurring in your area, reach out to a local recycling facility to ask about sponsoring an event for a fundraising opportunity. There is value to the material and it’s always a great way to make some extra money for a good cause.

-It’s illegal in the state of New York to dump your electronics at a landfill. Remember- there is value to just about all electronics! Why throw away money and face fines for illegal dumping!

 

Keeping these few things in mind when recycling your old electronics will help make the world a better place!

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04

Nov 2014

Recycle TV’s Responsibly

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On a recent drive through a major North East city, I was stopped behind a garbage truck. Though not the ideal place to be, I got a first hand look at how a sanitation worker mishandled a CRT television. It joined the rest of the waste that they placed into the compactor. Even worse, the worker dug into the smashed devise to remove the copper yoke.

With so many states implementing different programs and events to ensure electronic waste ends up int he proper streams, it was hard to watch a television be so poorly handled and ultimately, not recycled. The leaded glass issue is a real problem but if we are to landfill and not sort our TV’s, CRT’s, and other electronics, it’s only going to get worse. The copper  yoke is just one part of a TV that has recyclable value. Plastics, circuit boards, and other items pay to recycle. The leaded glass is the main issue and it will cost money to dispose of. Programs that have been set in place in some +20 states across the country have been trying to help both consumers and recyclers find common ground so that everyone can be happy and the material can be recycled responsibly.

Bottom line is to know what may happen to your TV, computer, or other electronics if they are left curbside. More often than not, it’s not a solution that will benefit anyone and could potentially do more harm than good. Use responsible recycling facilities, collection events, and other vetted processes to ensure that future generations won’t have to worry about leaded glass pouring out of the landfills across the  country.

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