When was the last time your heard someone say “recycling old electronics is bad for the environment?”
Exactly! It’s one of the best things we can do to maintain environmental sustainability. Not only that, but do you know what valuable and rare metals go into making cell phones and other IT equipment? Gold ore, copper and aluminum just to name a few.
“Printed circuit boards are probably the richest ore stream you’re ever going to find,” according to the Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities.
Even though a gold mine can be found in treated e-waste, the UN estimates that 3.5 billion people, or half of the world’s population, are still without access to essential waste management services, posing significant environmental and health hazards and potential harm to economies.
According to electronics recycling news, about 20 million to 50 million tons of e-waste is generated each year and, unfortunately, the bulk of it finds its way to landfills.
While many areas have responsible electronics recycling programs readily available to them, why are consumers not taking advantage of responsible electronics recycling programs? Earth 911’s survey revealed two main reasons for the lack of cell phone recycling:
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).
At each of HOBI’s R2-certified locations, our main goal is to guide consumers toward a reputable reverse logistics organization that is well versed in data destruction and sanitation. We realize data leaks are a main concern for consumers and companies. As a result, our experts keep current in all methods of data security.
More often than not, consumers make the mistake of just tossing away old devices without considering the fact they are still in good working condition. Refurbished electronics frequently work just as good as a new model but are sold at a fraction of the cost!
Electronics recycling and refurbishment save you and the environment. When was the last time a trash can did that?
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So, take a look around your house and in your junk drawers. You just may be sitting on a gold mine of electronics waiting to be responsibly recycled.