March 27, 2011
Is E-waste recycling important & are there benefits of electronic waste recycling? For a start it is a legal requirement. According to the WEEE directive, e-waste or electronic waste consists of broken and unwanted electrical or electronic devices and peripherals such as computers, monitors, printers, copiers, servers, batteries, mobile phones, televisions, lamps and other electronic equipment.
E-waste is finding its way to landfills and is creating serious environmental issues, as it contains toxic and other hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium and chemical flame retardants, which have the potential to leach into our soil and water.
The benefits of electronic waste recycling are numerous. The major benefit of recycling is elimination of environmental hazardous materials. By ensuring proper recycling of our electronic waste, we can make sure that the non-biodegradable toxic substances in the waste sent to landfills will not leak out, polluting our air and water way. By sending the e-waste to recycling, we can conserve landfill space too. The process of recycling also helps us to recover valuable materials from old electronics that can be used to make new products. This way, we can save energy, conserve resources, reduce pollution and decrease greenhouse gas.
The above mentioned benefits of recycling to each of us, to society and to the environment, stress the importance of recycling e-waste. Let’s embrace recycling and do our bit to protect the environment, no matter how small you think it might be.
Please take a look at our website if you would like more information on why e-waste recycling is important. Recycling Your IT are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have on recycling of your e-waste and it may be easier than you think!