Computers and Phones: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
The California Electronic Waste Recycling Act passed in 2003 stipulates that all computers, televisions and other electronics with a screen size over four inches must be taken or sent to a recycling center. These electronics contain materials that have value long after the devices in which they’re placed have failed or been replaced.
Not only are they relatively easy to recycle, the law keeps plastics and metals out of the landfills. Plastics last forever and the metals will pollute the soil and groundwater. Even though the law has been around for 15 years, you may not know that recycle plants accept electronics. Here are electronics that you didn’t know could be recycled.
CRT Monitors (and Old TVs)
The amount of lead in CRT monitors is staggering, which is why you should always recycle them. According to Popular Science, one CRT may have eight pounds of lead inside it that could be put too much better use than leaching into the groundwater at a landfill. Old televisions are just as packed with lead. If you can’t lift them, ask for help. Friends or neighbors might be willing to help you prevent groundwater contamination.
It’s pretty easy to strip a printer of its electronic components and send them to a shredder for recycling. The metals in the circuit boards can also be reused. Don’t toss the ink cartridge into the trash. They, too, can be easily recycled or reused. Some office supply stores gladly accept them, and may even give you a store credit or cash for returning them to cut the waste from the one million cartridges that are thrown away worldwide every day.
Power Cords and Chargers
Instead of stuffing a junk drawer with orphaned chargers, why not recycle them? Recycles will melt their components for the metals inside them and plastics. Besides using the metal components being reusable, there are a few organizations that reuse the power cords and chargers themselves.
Memory and SIM Cards
Good things come in small packages and SIM and memory cards are no exception. They’re made from recyclable plastic, gold, silver and palladium. These are precious metals that can be used time after time, so when these cards have failed or you no longer need them, send them to the recycler.
Keeping electronics out of the landfill lowers their harmful impact on the planet. Nearly everything contained in them can be recycled, which reduces the need for natural resources, from oil to precious metals. Reach out to a reliable recycling center to recycle your electronic goods today!
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