Electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste, is nearly 100% recyclable. Data shows in 2014, about 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide. Unfortunately, only about 16% was recycled. Additionally, it is estimated that this year we will generate 49.8 million tons of e-waste. Here at Bridge, we want to help make a difference for the environment. That’s why we’re working with Rhode Island Goodwill to run one of our annual e-waste drives.
From Sunday April 15th through Monday April 30th, stop by our Rhode Island office (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown) to drop off any electronic items you would like recycled. Simply drop it in the blue bin in front of our building. If you’re not able to come to us, let us know and we’ll arrange a pick up.
E-waste includes items like televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, speakers, file cabinets, and toner/printer cartridges. Some of the items we accept include:
- CRT monitors
- Flat screen monitors
- Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
- Cassette and tape recorders
- Audio amplifiers and receivers
- CD and DVD players
The EPA reported that recycling one million cell phones would help us recover over 200,000 lbs of copper, 20 lbs of palladium, 550 lbs of silver, and 50 lbs of gold. Each year, the United States throws away about $60 million worth of gold and silver.
The United Nations estimates that global e-waste has increased 33% in the last four years. Improper disposal of e-waste allows hazardous materials to pollute our environment. For example, when electronic items sit in landfills, the lead seeps into our soil and groundwater.
This Earth Day, we ask that you help make a difference by taking the time to properly dispose of your electronics. Help us go green!