Worldwide, each year approximately 49 million metric tons of electronic waste is generated according to the United Nations Environmental Program. Three million of the total is generated in the United States. Because of these staggering numbers, it makes electronic recycling all that more important. By recycling, there are various benefits, both in economics and health benefits.
Environment is cleaner
When electronic waste is dumped in landfills or just the ground it occupies a lot of space, which is making unpolluted land scarce. In addition to taking up a lot of space it can also spread harmful toxins. These toxins degrade the water and can make the water dangerous. If everyone gets involved in electronic recycling, it will help to prevent environmental pollution that is caused by the toxins and saves space in the landfills.
Electronic products are made from different gases and plastics, with some of them being harmful to your health like lead. If electronic products are dumped these harmful chemicals are released into the air and the ground. When this happens it poses a serious threat to people’s health who dumped the electronics and for those that live close to the landfills.
A computer contains many things that can be re-utilized with or without any need of processing. Many big computer companies have their own recycling facilities here they dispose of electronics. The material that is reusable The parts that are reusable do not have be manufactured again so this saves energy, resources, and time.
Helps to prevent abuse
After electronic recycling the electronic waste is then went to a developing country that is poor so they can find cheap labor there. The people there are made to use their bare hands to disintegrate the items, which exposes them to harmful chemicals
When everyone starts to do electronic recycling companies will not have to manufacture some of the components from scratch. This will help to decrease the production cost of future good.
All of these health and economic benefits can only be accomplished if everyone starts to do electronic recycling instead of dumping them in landfills or by the roadside. You can take them to electronic recycle drop off points or have your electronics picked up. Before you give your electronics for recycling to a company make sure that they are government approved. If they not government approved then it is a high probability that these electronics will be sent to a poor developing country to be recycled.
Electronics that can be recycled include televisions, computers, cell phones, computer monitors, and more. If they are still in working order and you have just upgraded your computer or television donate them so others can get use out of them.