According to the Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is piling up faster than ever. In 2005, Americans disposed of nearly 50 million computers, a 250% increase from the previous decade. Add in all the other types of electronics we toss out, and we now dump over 400 million electronic gadgets each year, according to EPA estimates.
The EPA report shows that not enough electronic waste is recycled, and what isn’t recycled is ending up in landfills, where it can harm our natural resources.
Thankfully, recycling events are on the rise, which is great news. Or is it? Sadly, in their haste to organize a promotional event, many non-profit organizations are hosting events to take recyclable electronics, only to realize that they have no clue what to do with it all afterwards.
Other organizations, with good intentions, often find that they receive much more product than they anticipated, and they are not equipped to handle it.
Unfortunately, in these instances, your items are ending up in the place you were trying to avoid them ending up; the landfills.
If you really want to do your part to keep these products out of our waste stream, use a reputable electronics recycling company.