The likelihood that you will end up with some electronic devices this holiday season is pretty high, which usually means you will end up with older tech that you no longer want.
Keep in mind that anything with a power button or that plugs into the wall or uses rechargeable batteries will contain a lot of toxic waste, so please don’t ever throw your old electronics in the trash.
To be responsible, start by checking with your local charities for programs that reuse old electronics. Just because you don’t want it anymore doesn’t mean that someone else can’t make use of it.
If it is too old, then responsible recycling through a proper e-waste recycler is what you need to do. Many towns and cities will recycle your outdated/broken technology, some do it for free, others may charge a small fee. If you have an old PC or Mac and you want us to have it recycled responsible, just hold on to it until your next visit and for $50 we can have it recycled responsibly through a local company we partner with. They dont take materials from individuals but we have a contract with them. In the case of a computer, we can also help remove any data from the system prior to it being recyvled. Best of all, they sometimes refurbish systems and give them to charities to avoid having everything recycled!
All those gadgets contain toxins that range from arsenic to lead to mercury along with a list of other toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on our landfills & groundwater when you just toss them in the trash.
In the US alone, 75% of the more than three million tons of toxic electronic-waste we generate is simply thrown in the trash, which ends up contaminating our landfills because of the lack of awareness of the problem.
Please ensure that you do your part this year by properly disposing of all your electronics and help the world by educating your friends to follow suit!
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