The Horrors of E-Waste

Used electronics are often tossed into trash bins however this can release harmful chemicals into nearby wildlife. They cannot be recycled curbside either and thus must be recycled by an electronics recycler.

Intro

With more and more electronic prodcuts and services on the market, electronic waste, or e-waste, is the fastest-growing source of waste. It consists of any old or unwanted electronic devices and the United States produces more e-waste than the rest of the world. Now, I bet you're thinking what's the big deal, it's just some old phones and charging cords. Well, today we are going to be looking into how bad e-waste is for the environment, wildlife, and sadly us.

Toxic Chemicals

Electronics are made up of hundreds of harmful chemicals such as lead and mercury. If you didn’t know just a few drops of mercury are enough kill you, so yeah, it’s bad. When e-waste is sent to the landfill, these chemicals can leach into the soil and nearby water sources which can then wreak havoc upon wildlife and eventually us.

High Environmental Impact

Many of the materials found on electronic items are also very rare and are very expensive to mine for resulting in high carbon footprints for these valuable resources. For example, lithium batteries, which are probably found in what you are reading this on, are made from nickel and cobalt which are both very rare and thus produce large amounts of carbon dioxide when mined for. Recycling these electronics helps reintroduce these materials and elements back into production.

Soooo...

Please recycle!! Many tech companies will offer free recycling and while some may charge you some money, look around online for the best option near you. There are also many non profits and recycling centers specifically dedicated to recycling used electronics which you can also find online. But, be on the look out for shady electronics recycling facilities, because there are a lot, and always go with trusted and well reputed organizations. But, that is a story for another time. Please comment down below if you have any questions and check our or other articles. Happy Recycling!