As technology continues to advance, there will always be a high demand for the materials needed to make the newest gadgets and devices. Every time a new product is purchased, an older item sits in a drawer or box taking up space in homes and offices or worse, it’s tossed in the garbage. Every year millions of tons of electronic appliances and devices are dumped in landfills around the world. A lot of the metals, chemicals and plastics cannot be broken down and are harmful to the soil.
Recycling electronics and devices is not only better for the environment, but it also helps the economy grow by creating jobs in recycling and manufacturing industries. There are many devices and appliances in homes and businesses that can be recycled. If you’re not sure what you can do with your old electronics, here is a list of items that can be broken down and reused.
1. Computers and Accessories
Computers are everywhere. In homes, offices, and schools; they are in almost every public and private facility. Laptops, desktops, keyboards, hard drives, a mouse, and other accessories designed to improve the functionality of a computer can be reused to make up-to-date computerized technology. Computers are upgraded regularly as new systems are introduced. Recycling the older models is a beneficial and inexpensive way to keep them out of the garbage dump while making good use of many still usable parts. Before replacing your device, it’s important to remove all personal information and hard drives so that others cannot access your information.
2. Printers and Copiers
Printers, copiers, facsimile machines, and other copying products are essential in homes and offices. Copy machines come in a variety sizes and have different functions. They contain ink, toner, and other chemicals that can be damaging to the earth if tossed in the trash. When the devices stop printing properly, they can be e-recycled to make newer models.
3. Phones and Devices
There are several types of phones on the market today to suit personal and professional needs. Cordless, landline, multiple line, and cellphones get upgraded regularly. The older phones, along with their accessories, can all be reused or refurbished at e-recycling depots.
Tablets, iPods, and E-readers are common gadgets that people use today. But if your system breaks down, it can be recycled along with your computers, phones, and other electronics.
4. Home Entertainment Systems
There are several home entertainment systems used in commercial and residential properties that can be recycled when they are replaced. TV’s, old VHS players, DVD and blueray players, projectors, and surround sound speakers are common household and company product that can be sent to an e-waste depots when they are no longer wanted.
5. Gaming Systems and Portable Devices
Almost every home has some sort of gaming system. Some are portable, handheld devices, while others connect to TV’s or monitors. Electronic game playing consoles are made of plastics, metals, wires, and other materials that can be reused in new systems or technologies. Rather than throw your old gaming units away, take them to a recycling depot.
6. Audio and Video Equipment
Audio and video products found in homes, offices, and vehicles can be refurbished and recycled when they no long suit your needs. There are several styles and designs of recyclable audio and video equipment including cameras, recorders, home stereo systems, car stereos, radios, and video recording equipment that can be taken to e-waste plants so they can be taken apart and reused.
Electronic devices are made of many reusable parts including plastic, chemicals, and rare or precious metals that can be reused for other products. The materials used to make computers, TV’s and other electronic appliances commonly used today cannot breakdown, but they can be refurbished or used to design new products. Residential and business e-recycling makes discarding the old, unwanted devices much easier for consumers.