When you are reading this article them you must using an electronics device like smartphone, tablet or PC. We do not post article in newspaper. So this is the only one way to reach us by using digital electronic device and most of us have more than two device. Now come to the point. How many old electronic device you already used. If you are thirty years old when you are reading this article and if I am wrong then you already used at list 4 cell phones, 2 tablets or 3 computers, 3 TV etc. And now you are using now model for each one. Because, an average American keeps new cell phone just for 18 months. Ok, now tell me what did you done with your old device? Did you till kept at your home or leaved it on a road side dustbin with sad heart. Now like other garbage, your old electronic device become e-waste. In this post we will discuss “E-Waste – How Can We Get Rid of Old Electronics?”
What is E-Waste?
Generally all electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal are also considered e-waste.
Why E-Waste is Important?
Now a day’s only U.S. produces more electronic waste or ‘e-waste’ than any other country in the world. It required sending around 50000 dump trucks worth of e-waste to recyclers annually. Just in 2006, the United Nations estimated the amount of worldwide electronic waste discarded each year to be 50 million metric tons. 1.6 billion Cell phones were manufactured in 2012. The cheap price tags and rapid replacement needs of such products are creating a worldwide crisis as their careless disposal wreaks havoc on the environment and its inhabitants.
Electronic device are packed with heavy metals, toxins elemental like lead that never disappear, mercury, beryllium, cadmium, arsenic and releasing halogenated dioxins and furans when burned. If we dispose electronics waste carelessly then it will pollute the earth, water and air. If any human come contact with this toxins elemental, can cause cancer, kidney and nervous system damage, endocrine disorders, reproductive issues and more. This is why many states already ban the disposal of electronic waste.
How Can We Get Rid of Old Electronics?
Re-Purpose and Re-Sell:
Generally 60 percent of old electronics end up in landfills annually. Now if you think that your gadget still works or requires some minor repairs then give it a last chance for refurbishment and reuse before it dies an untimely death in a landfill. Don’t mind; your old memory with this device can help you to think about it again. Now a day’s, only 15 to 20 percent of e-waste is reused or recycled. If your electronics still work then consider resale and let it live for more time.
Nearly 100 percent of electronic waste or e-waste is recyclable. Many devices are the house of precious metals like gold. Do you know, your old CPU has gold inside of it? Recycling of a million cell phones would net 50 pounds of gold, 550 pounds of sliver, 20 pounds of palladium and 20000 pounds of copper according to EPA estimates. In silver and gold alone, Americans unknowingly discard an estimated $60-million annually.
Turn It in for Credit:
You can exchange your old electronic device for money. Because, your unused item will be someone usable item. Most retailers that sell electronics offer credit for old items from phones to tablets, computers and TVs.
Now it’s time to kill your old electronic. Because, when all else fails, it may simply be time to toss electronics. For this purpose, check with your local city government regarding designated cleanup drives, which typically include dedicated electronics disposal days, including those for larger items, such as TVs and appliances.
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