Many people are guilty of not recycling their old and obsolete electronics. It’s never a good idea to dispose of your electronics in the garbage, in fact in Colorado it’s been illegal since 2013.
Instead, it should be disposed of in the proper way and through proper channels. Let DCNC help facilitate that for you. We work with a certified electronics recycler who will ensure that your devices are disposed of safely and securely. In addition, there is no need to waste your technician’s valuable time and pay him to cart away your devices. The recycling company will pick the devices up from your location. As a service to our clients, DCNC will endure the security of your data by destroying the hard drives from devices in our warehouse.
Let’s look at some of the best reasons to partake in electronics recycling.
1. Computers Contain Hazardous Materials
Computers and monitors contain toxic and hazardous materials. While these materials may not pose a problem to someone using the equipment, it can pose a danger when it is discarded incorrectly and in bulk. Some of these dangerous materials include cadmium, lead, copper, mercury, beryllium, chromium and brominated flame retardants.
2. Illegal to Dump E-Waste
In Colorado, it is illegal to throw old electronics with regular garbage. Senate Bill 12-133, Recycle Electronic Devices Divert From Landfills, state, “…waste electronics and computers from residential and non-residential sources cannot be disposed of in solid waste landfills in Colorado”. In addition, e-waste is often diverted to other countries, if it is not properly disposed of.
3. 3rd World Countries Pay the Price
When not processed through the right channels, much of the electronic waste ends up in third world countries for economic reasons. These countries may not be aware of the dangers nor are they capable of dealing with these issues because they just may not have the resources to do so. Due to it not being processed properly, dangerous chemicals seep into the water supply and potentially the air through open-air burning.
Those unfortunate enough to be living close to these dump sites end up becoming poisoned. They may also rely on their livestock for survival, but the animals end up becoming poisoned as well.
4. Proper Disposal Reduces Environmental Damage
By properly disposing your electronic waste especially with a certified recycler, you play a part in ensuring that it does not end up in a landfill. If it does, it is may leach toxic chemicals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, into the surrounding environment.
5. Reusable Parts
Being in an e-waste recycling program means that many of the parts of your old computers can be reused. The glass and plastic components can be directly repurposed and heavy metals can be refined and recaptured.
6. Create Growth & Opportunity
Electronics recycling can create job opportunities in the professional recycling sector. It is estimated that recycling creates 10 jobs for every 1 job at a landfill. It can have a beneficial and positive effect on the economy.
Talk to your DCNC technician or call our office, 303-920-9472 to schedule pick-up of your unwanted electronics. Besides helping the planet, you’ll get rid of clutter and free up space.
Jeff Lindvall has been in technology sales for near twenty years now and enjoyed working in telecom, AV integration, cloud, software, and unified communications. As far as IT sales, he’s held almost every position imaginable. He...
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