There’s been much conversation recently about the growing patch of plastic in the Pacific Ocean and overcrowded landfills, and while these are certainly issues worth talking about, there’s an equally important issue that deserves a solution: the electronic waste problem.
We’re living in a device-driven society, where we are dependent upon batteries and electronics to fuel our daily lives. And as new technology becomes available at lightning speed, we’re too eager to ditch our current devices in favor of a newer, faster, shinier one.
It’s time to move past the throw-away culture, particularly when it comes to electronics. Here’s what you need to know:
What is Electronic Waste (E-waste) and Its Impact on the Earth?
By definition, electronic waste encompasses all electronic devices and materials that end up being thrown away. This includes, but isn’t limited to
- Computers and laptops
- Copying machines
- Video game systems
- DVD players
- Portable Bluetooth speakers
- Smart technology, like bathroom scales
- And more
When these items are broken or otherwise become obsolete to the user, they end up in landfills. We’re adopting connected devices at an alarming rate, with more than 13 devices per person at any given time (not including non-smart or non-IoT devices). Most of these items contain harmful elements like cadmium, lead, or even arsenic, all of which can have negative impact on humans if they aren’t handled correctly.
The components in e-waste have been shown to have a negative impact on the environment, including water sources, air quality, and soil. If not properly disposed of, they can pose health risks to human and animal populations, most notably through the air we breathe and the food we eat.
Our Current Solutions for Fighting the Electronic Waste Problem
Recycling is currently the best defense against the electronic waste problem. Programs like the ones we offer at JHI give business owners a way to get rid of their old devices while minimizing the impact on landfills or the environment.
We’re proud to offer a free solution to recycling electronics, microwave components, and other items, along with destroying data to protect your business.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you recycle your electronics with confidence.