Why Is It Important to Recycle E-Waste?

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 16, 2014

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In several countries, e-waste is the fastest growing section of the community solid waste stream.  This is due to our continuous growth in technology, which has reduced the product lifecycle of electronics. People today cannot wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest iPhone, Tablet, laptop, television, etc. Many people dispose of their outdated model in the regular trash, believing that it is no longer valuable. However, these people are wrong. E-waste is comprised of many important, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals.  Instead of ending up in a landfill, electronics can be renovated, reused, and recycled.

Only a minute percentage of electronic waste is recycled. The majority of it is primarily dumped or burned either at home or at a landfill. Methods such as these fail to manage the toxins emitted from the e-waste. These toxins, which can easily effect our water, soil, and air, can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders, and numerous other health issues.

So why is it important to recycle e-waste? Besides conserving natural resources and protecting ourselves and the environment from harmful toxins, there are a few other benefits. These are:

  • It creates jobs for professional recyclers and renovators.
  • It creates new markets for the valuable materials that are salvaged.
  • It saves landfill space.

It is important for all of us to do our part in properly recycling e-waste.  Therefore, you should come on down to Bridge’s 8th E-Waste Recycling Drive which will be held on October 18th from 9:00am – 12:00pm!  The drive will be held at the Texas Roadhouse Parking Lot in Warwick.  Bridge will ensure that all e-waste is properly recycled.  For more information, please visit our website.

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