To further understand the reasons for recycling your electronics, you must first understand the impact these electrical devices have on the environment. When these devices are disposed of in an incorrect manner, they seriously affect their surrounding environment, most especially water tables. Once they enter the underground water table, they can be spread to any number of areas including water for drinking. It can also spread to areas where food is grown and, surprisingly, can increase greenhouse gases.
Avoid the Landfill
Dropping them off at a landfill is one of the worst ways to dispose of electronic devices and all provisions should be met to keep all the toxins out of the soil and away from the underground water sources. The toxins in these electronic devices can seriously affect the reproductive system, the nervous system and also damage the liver and kidneys. This applies to not only humans, but the animals who survive on plant matter and water. Cell phones happen to be the most common items disposed of.
Which Electronic Items Need to be Recycled
Besides the obvious electronic items that need to be recycled, like computers, cell phones, tablets, monitors, and the multitude of new gadgets coming out almost monthly, there are a number of other products that most people are unaware of needing recycling as well.
Basically, any electronic device should be recycled to reduce the impact on the environment. Devices like electronic hand tools, electric appliances that include microwaves need to be disposed of properly, and though they only account for around two percent of waste, they account for almost seventy percent of the toxic waste disposed of every year.
Save Our Raw Materials
Additionally, most of these items can be recycled to lower the effect on greenhouse gases, but many of their parts can be recycled and used in other products, thence lowering the requirement for finding and using more raw materials. Almost eighty percent of disposed electronics are still fully functional and could be donated to areas needing these modernized electronic sources such as a school that can’t afford computer systems for their classrooms. If there is a question about what types of electrical devices needing special handling for disposal, a good rule of thumb is if it has a battery in it, it needs special handling, as well as the battery itself. In fact, there very few, if any, electrical devices that will not affect the environment and the impact of all these materials from electronic devices are devastating when disposed of improperly.