WHAT ARE THEY?
More than 4.4 million tons of electronic equipment are recycled each year. This includes desktop and laptop computers, monitors, printers, copiers, hard drives, tablets, televisions, cell phones, digital cameras, cords, keyboards and ink and toner cartridges.
WHY RECYCLE ELECTRICAL GOODS?
Recycling electronics prevents valuable material from going into the waste stream. Recycling reduces energy use and pollution that would be created while manufacturing new products and reduces the need to extract limited resources.
HOW TO RECYCLE IT?
There are many options for recycling electrical items and elctronics (e-scrap). If your cell phone, laptop, or other device is still in working condition, you can give it a “second life” by donating it to a school or nonprofit organization. Another option is to return your e-scrap to the manufacturer or retailer. Many companies refurbish electronic devices for resale. When recycling such things as phones and computers, always clear your personal data. You can find out how by asking the manufacturer or using an R2 Solutions certified recycling company.
WHAT DO RECYCLED ELECTRONICS BECOME?
Electronics contain valuable precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin and zinc. These are recovered and used in a number of ways, including jewelry, plating, new electronics and automotive parts. Plastic components can be used in new electronic devices or other plastic products such as garden furniture.