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.
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.