As the issue of environmental protection becomes an increasingly important issue, you may be wondering what you can do to help preserve the environment for future generations. One crucial step you can take is to recycle, rather than throw away old electronic devices. Though it’s essential to try and avoid any electronic trash, here are four electronic devices you’ll definitely want to recycle whenever you can.
Though computers tend to be viable longer than they used to during the 90s and 2000s, you will eventually reach a point where your PC is no longer useful for your needs. When that happens, you’ll want to recycle your computer, no matter what. Though they don’t contain as many harmful chemicals as some other electronics, the components they do contain are increasingly rare, meaning that recycling your computer helps take some stress and strain off the supply chain.
Batteries, whether alkaline or rechargeable, should never be thrown away. Though they don’t necessarily pose an immediate threat to the environment, as their metal casings begin to decompose, they can leach harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil. Since batteries are a commonly used item, it’s a good idea to have a collection bucket in your home so you can put together a large amount to then take to a battery recycling center.
All televisions, but especially those with a CRT-type screen, must stay out of the landfill at all costs. The screens in these types of televisions contain a large amount of lead, an especially potent environmental contaminant. Also, the glass, plastic, copper, and many other components in the television can be recovered to be used for future televisions or other equipment instead of winding up in the landfill.
A new cell phone carries with it a certain level of prestige that makes it desirable to upgrade even if your current phone is perfectly adequate. This can result in a major waste problem if cell phones aren’t recycled properly. Understanding the short lifespans of cell phones, most manufacturers take great care to make their cell phones as recyclable as possible, meaning most of the materials from your recycled cell phone will be able to be recovered.
Preparing for the Future
As the world becomes increasingly saturated with electronic devices, the need for proper recycling of these devices is at an all-time high. Though you may not directly experience any negative effects due to excessive electronic waste, you can be sure that future generations will, often overwhelmingly so, if action is not taken in the present. That’s why it’s so important to do your part by recycling your electronics through a responsible electronics recycler.
Addy Reeds is a freelance writer from Eugene, Oregon. She discovered her passion for journalism while attending the University of Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @addyreeds1; https://www.facebook.com/addy.reeds