Today, November 15th, is America Recycles Day. The only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. One day to do a year’s worth of work for some.
Consumers and companies all over the country are taking part in organized recycling events and others are doing what they can in their own homes or neighborhoods.
Sony Electronics is just one of the many elite companies sponsoring free public consumer electronics recycling event today. Sony will be in four cities – San Diego and Carson, CA, Itasca, IL and Park Ridge, NJ.
What can be recycled? Recyclable household electronics include televisions, computers, computer monitors and displays, stereos, cell phones, etc.
EPA statistics taken in 2009 show insufficient recycling rates (highest 38%) of collected computer, televisions and mobile devices and according to electronics recycling news, about 20 million to 50 million tons of e-waste is generated each year. Unfortunately, the bulk of it finds its way to landfills.
While many areas have responsible electronics recycling programs readily available to them year-round, consumers do not take advantage. Earth 911 did a survey that revealed two main reasons for the lack of cell phone recycling in particular:
1. I don’t know where to take it to be recycled
2. I am worried about the safety of my personal info
A number of people would like to recycle their obsolete IT equipment and mobile devices, but simply do not know where to take them. When researching proper electronics recycling, keep an eye out for organizations that are responsible recyclers (R2).
Don’t just abandon your old household electronics and mobile devices, drop them off some place they will be responsibly recycled by a certified ITAD organization.
Especially with the way technology is blossoming, IT asset management and disposition organizations have to be at the top of their game, always innovating and changing the way equipment is handled and recycled.
America Recycles Day comes once a year, but you can help improve your environment every day. Take the pledge along with 47,000 other Americans. Please remember World Recycling Day, which is celebrated on July 8th every year!