In the world today there are so many electronics such as computers, televisions, cell phones, tablets that when they are no longer useable something has to be done with them. Every year there is approximately forty-nine million metric tons of electronic waste generated worldwide according to the United Nations Environmental Program. Of these forty-nine million metric tons, approximately three million of that electronic waste is produced in the United States alone. When a person or business opts to use electronic recycling they are enabling these devices to be reused and are changing waste material into new products. There are many benefits in electronic recycling.
There will be a cleaner environment. Most electronic waste is being dumped or sent to landfills, which are becoming scarcer. Doing this occupies a lot of space and spreads harmful toxins by degrading the ground water. This makes a dangerous situation for humans, animals, and plant life. When you recycle your electronics, it saves space in your landfills and helps to prevent other areas of the land from becoming dumping grounds. Recycling will also prevent the toxins from causing environmental pollution.
There are also the health benefits of electronic recycling. Electronic products are manufactured from different types of gases and plastics along with harmful elements like lead. When people and businesses just dump their electronics these chemicals are released into the air and the earth. These chemicals not only pose a threat to the health of the people who dump the electronics but also to others who live near the dumping grounds and landfill.
Many of the electronics, especially computer hardware, has many things that can be re-utilized and some of them do not require any processing. Some big companies even have their own recycling facilities where all of the reusable material is put to good use after it is sorted out and the reset is disposed of properly. Apple is one of those big companies that do this. By doing this, the recycled parts that were taken out do not have to be manufactured again saving energy and resources to make a new part.
One of the best benefits of electronic recycling is that if these products are recycled companies will not have to manufacture most of the components in electronics from scratch. The downside of this is that there could be the loss of some jobs. By recycling electronics the production costs will be reduced making electronics more affordable to everyone. Eventually this will help the economy.
To utilize these benefits of electronic recycling you must take your electronics to proper recycling centers that are run by professionals who know how to recycle them using the proper safety measures. The recycling center should be government approved.