Due to the growing amounts of electronics that are released every year, recycling e-waste is more critical than ever. Recycling e-waste is a great way to reuse precious metals and other materials such as plastics. Read on to learn more about the benefits of recycling electronics.
When we reuse the precious metals that are found in electronics such as gold, silver or nickel, we’re conserving the earth’s natural resources. In addition to this, we save energy that it would take to mine these resources in the first place while also reducing pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would be accumulated during the mining process. Extracting fewer raw materials from the earth also helps conserve these resources.
When you recycle e-waste, we’re also protecting the environment. Electronics often contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. When these devices are left in landfills, chemicals are eventually released where they end up in the soil and can even contaminate water supplies. Mercury poisoning can cause muscle atrophy, twitching, tremors, lack of coordination and more.
When we recycle, it also creates jobs locally. About 90% of all electronic equipment is recycled and with so many electronic devices around, starting recycling companies for e-waste can help increase jobs. Existing firms can also employ more people to reach the demand for recyclable items coming in.