Electronics have become an increasingly common sight in the United States and around the world. Businesses and households are constantly relying on computers, scanners, smart phones, disposable batteries, televisions and other devices to get work done efficiently and keep us informed and entertained. The functional lifespan of these devices vary but eventually every device will break, become obsolete or otherwise need to be replaced. Electronics are commonly referred to as “E-waste” when they are no longer needed and require disposal.
The EPA defines E-waste as “Waste electrical and electronic equipment that is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to function (including all components, sub-assemblies and consumables which are part of the original equipment at the time of discarding).”
E-waste can contain hazardous chemicals such as mercury, barium and lead that leach into the soil and groundwater when disposed of in municipal landfills. E-waste from homes and businesses should be recycled whenever possible to avoid contaminating the environment with these toxins. Electronics also contain rare metals that when reused in new devices can reduce the need for environmentally harmful mining activities. Since some E-waste is also considered hazardous waste, businesses that recycle their unneeded electronics don’t have to worry about them affecting their hazardous waste generator status.
Protect Environmental not only handles emergency spill responses but can also help businesses find environmentally friendly solutions for their E-waste, universal waste and hazardous waste. We work with a network of recyclers who turn E-waste back into the useful products that keep our society and economy moving forward. Contact our office to find out how we can help your business or organization with your wastes.