Discarded electronics including computers generate toxic hazardous waste. According to studies, more than 100 million televisions, computers and monitors become absolute annually, in the US. AS a matter of fact, computers and different other consumer electronics are considered the fastest growing waste stream, growing 3 times faster than the total municipal waste stream.
Today, there is about 70% of heavy metals including mercury, cadmium and lead in landfills coming from discarded electronic equipment. The hazardous substances in electronic equipment have been associated with human health effects such as hormone disruption, birth defects and cancer.
E-waste from electronic waste includes office or household electronic devices that are in non-working conditions. Examples of electronic waste include: computer monitors, cell phones, computer printers, cordless phones, computer processing units, laptop computers, telephone answering machines, radios, VCR, DVD/VHS players and other electronic devices containing a circuit board.
With technology being updated constantly, the electronics lifespan is diminishing rapidly. Therefore, this makes the process of recycling items more important. The importance of electronic waste recycling centers includes:
· Gets rid or the dangers posed by landfills
There is a lot of danger generated by solid waste landfills as a result of heavy metals in e-waste. Like other hazardous effects of materials being transported to these landfills, the effects can prove dangerous. It must be understood that solid waste landfills were constructed to handle non-toxic materials such as banana peels as opposed to these toxic items.
· Offer an alternative to disposing e-waste
It is important for people to discover alternative means of disposing e-waste. This is particularly important considering the community will have to find ways of disposing of their electronics. The decision has to be made between diverting usable resources into the recovery market while the equipment are still economically rewarding. Alternatively, you can consider disposing the equipment in the landfills resulting in contamination of the natural resources.
· Encourages the public to recycle their electronic waste
It is easier and safer to process e-products now than in the future. Therefore, several recycling centers have come up with the aim of keeping toxic materials from the local landfills. Taking the effort to deliver the electronic waste to its proper collection will make sure a safe environment.
There are several recognized industry certifications which help to set the ideal playing field to help with electronic disposal practices as well as environmental standards that help with proper electronics recycling, e-scrap commodity processing and asset recovery. These certifications have been embraced throughout the industry as important aspects in recycling e-products to make sure environmental responsibility.