How Electronic Recycling Can Help the Problem of E-Waste
Electronic devices are irrevocably woven into the fabric of modern society. Most of us interact with our cell phones, laptops, desktops, TVs, fitbits, wearable tech, and numerous other electronic devices not only daily, but multiple times a day. We also find ourselves replacing old or outdated tech multiple times a year.
How does the modern proclivity for electronics contribute to the problem of e-waste, why is e-waste such a problem anyway, and what can we do to reduce it? Let's take a look.
What is E-waste?
E-waste refers to electronics that have become obsolete, broken, or unwanted. With the breakneck speed at which technology has been growing and upgrading, the amount of e-waste produced by society continues to climb. Global smartphone sales in particular have shown significant growth over the last few years.
The biggest problem with the amount of e-waste produced is that only a minority of it is actually recycled. The rest simply ends up in landfills. As more and more people eagerly await the release of the latest smartphones, more and more smartphones get tossed in the trash.
Why is E-Waste Such a Problem?
E-waste presents a significant risk to the health of the environment. Not only does it simply contribute to the sheer amount of waste that must be transported and dealt with at landfills, but, once there, it does greater harm to our air, soil, and water than most other household garbage items.
The components used to make electronic gadgets, while not a problem when the device is operational, become highly toxic when left to leach out in a landfill. Chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury, beryllium, cadmium, and lead all eventually seep out of electronics and can easily make their way into the surrounding soil and water.
These chemicals can and often do make their way to local water supplies where they end up posing dangerous health risks. Cancer, brain damage, and genetic mutations have all been linked to water contaminated by electronic waste.
Trashing instead of recycling e-waste also increases the demand for environmentally destructive mining operations needed to extract virgin ore for new electronics. Metals are highly recyclable, and components for old electronics can easily be used to make new ones.
What Can Be Done to Reduce E-Waste?
As you can see, e-waste does present a unique problem for the modern world. Thankfully, scrap metal recycling facilities in Calgary, such as Federal Metals Inc offer a fantastic option for getting rid of your old electronics in an environmentally-responsible manner.
The Calgary copper and scrap metal recyclers at Federal Metals are here to take all of your old printers, smartphones, laptops, and televisions off your hands. We'll also gladly help you figure out what to do with any electronics that we can't accept.
Not only will you be helping the environment if you bring in your old electronics to Federal Metals Inc, but we guarantee good scrap metal prices in Calgary as well. Feel free to stop by our recycling facility any time!