It is estimated that each household owns an average of at least 28 electronic products. Inevitably, the number of electronics per household will increase over time. As technology advances and devices break, electronic products will have to be replaced. These products have be disposed of. But is there a responsible way to do it? Fortunately, there is! The answer lies in electronics recycling.
At both home and work, an electronics stewardship for the sustainable management of electronics is absolutely vital for the economy and environment. If electronics end up in landfills, the components generally cannot be reused and become part of an evergrowing buildup of toxic junk. But with a simple plan to resale, refurbish, and recycle electronics, everyone wins!
Electronics require raw materials, such as oil, iron, gold, and copper. Most of these materials are mined from the earth, creating large amounts of gas emissions, energy consumption, pollution, and natural resource depletion. Improper disposal of electronics releases toxic chemicals into the environment and puts a great burden on waste management companies both foreign and domestic.
Recycling electronics reduces the need for raw materials, cuts down on pollution, leads to increased energy efficiency (be sure to always look for that ENERGY STAR logo), allows for more easily upgraded electronics, uses minimal packaging, provides leasing or takeback options, helps to bring prices down, and allows consumers to make conscious decisions to purchase more environmentally-friendly products.
Refurbishing electronics, much like the recycling of materials used in electronics, extends their life cycle. Schools, nonprofits, and lower income families benefit from the reduced costs of refurbished electronics. Companies that donate electronics can take advantage of the substantial tax incentives associated with such donations.
Companies like Protec Recycling ensure that electronics are properly recycled and reused. Electronics recycling creates green jobs, increases the value of American exports, and supports the growing recycling and refurbishing industry! We provide secure, green, and cost-effective disposal and recycling of data and electronic assets in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Call us at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page.