Did you know that more than 8 in 10 consumers have heard the term “e-waste” or “eWaste” but still don’t know what it means?
In fact, 31% of consumers still either throw away old electronics with their household garbage or mix them with other recyclables. And there are more and more devices to throw away every year.
Since 2018, the percentage of internet users in North America who own 3 or more devices has risen from 70% to 75%, and the number of users who own 6 or more devices has risen from 14% to 22%.
That’s an astounding increase which only adds to the amount of eWaste making it into landfills every single year.
Because tech is advancing and accelerating every year, consumers want to buy the latest and greatest devices faster than ever before. Unfortunately, that also means a faster pace of electronics disposal. Devices are no longer obsolete because they no longer function or because they have trouble keeping up with the latest software— electronics become obsolete just because they are not this year’s model.
This trend is only going to get worse, and for many consumers, what they do with their older tech isn’t exactly great.
14% of consumers throw their “old” electronics directly into the garbage. Only 35% sell that old tech, and only 44% look for companies that specialize in recycling electronics.
As a business, the amount of eWaste your company is producing may also be getting worse year after year.
Doing your part to fight the rise of eWaste is as simple as recycling. In fact, many eWaste recyclers are all too happy to pay you for your old electronics, which, depending on how much eWaste you produce, can potentially mean a new revenue stream.
At the very least you’ll get some money back, and in a world where inflation is rising and every penny counts, recycling eWaste just makes good business sense.
In Alabama, Protec Recycling is your best choice. Located near Birmingham, we are highly experienced, certified recyclers, trained in the latest methods of dealing with e-Waste in a safe manner that protects personally identifiable information (PII) and keeps old electronics, peripherals, and accessories —even cabling— out of landfills.
You can count on Protec Recycling. From one-time purges to regularly scheduled service, Protec helps you regularly (and properly) dispose of eWaste. To schedule a pickup, call our office at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page today.