Insights from our global team of experts in eMaterials value optimization
By Jon LaPere, Sr. Sales and Business Development Manager
Americans throw away or recycle hundreds of thousands of electronics products daily. Starting now you can help reduce the waste.
It’s no secret that we consumers rely heavily on our cell phones, laptops, tablets, and televisions every day. Mix in wearable technology, such as Fitbit health trackers, Samsung Gear, Apple watches, and now virtual reality products — and it becomes obvious we live in highly technologically advanced age! Speaking solely about Americans, who notoriously want the “latest and greatest” devices as soon as they become available (notice the line recently at your local Apple store) — all the use of technology begs the question, Where do all of the old devices go?
According to the EPA report (summary here), Americans tend to create eWaste (any electronic or electrical component that is either thrown away or recycled). Through 2009, Americans reportedly either threw away or recycled 142,000 cell phones and over 416,000 televisions … each and every day!
These numbers are startling, and what’s worse, the figure is growing exponentially. Our question is obvious: “Okay, but what am I supposed to do about it?”
Cost-effective steps to reducing eWaste
The answer is straightforward and we can begin to address it immediately: There are cost-effective steps each of us can take to chip in and help reduce the amount of eWaste that ends up in our landfills and poisons our environment. Here is what you can do to help:
1: Update and upgrade.
2: Do you really need that new phone?
3: Find a recycler near you.
Electronic waste isn’t going away and will continue to be an issue for our and future generations. If we all do the small things to pitch in and help, it will have a tremendous impact for our environment (and our pocketbooks, too)!
Featured photo is used under a Creative Commons license. Photographer: Graeme Paterson