Reports indicate that e-waste continues to be the fastest growing solid waste stream in the U.S. Due to lack of proper recycling infrastructure, most of the recoverable resources end up being in landfills. Did you know for every one million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered? About $1,312 is spent by an average U.S. household on consumer electronics, in addition to that, every household owns at least four electronic products. About 49 million tons of e-waste was discarded by the world’s population in 2016, studies indicate that this number will grow to more than 60 million tons by 2021.
If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, chances are you may have surplus electronics piling in your backyard and you may be planning to dispose of them. But, are you pondering over a few questions while its time to get rid of the equipment? Read on.
1). Why can’t I just throw the electronics away?
Electronics contain hazardous substances like lead, cadmium, mercury which can cause damage to human health such as damaged reproductive, nervous, digestive systems and may even cause death due to prolonged exposure. It is also responsible for 70% of the world’s total toxic waste. Children who reside near the landfills and are exposed to lead are reported to suffer from physical and mental development. Other heavy compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), brominated dioxins can cause harm to the lives of fish and plants in the surrounding areas.
2) How does e-waste recycling work and help the environment?
E-waste comprises of many elements that need to be segregated before the recycling or refurbishing process begins. Specialized equipment needs to be carefully dismantled, shredded, processed and extracted to remove precious resources like gold and silver. This process reduces the need for mining new raw materials which are scarce, instead, it focusses on conserving these precious materials
3) What options are available for data destruction?
There are plenty of options available in the industry to carry out data destruction. At Surplus Service, we ensure that secure information is handled with care. We use data wiping, degaussing and destruction methods. If devices are still functional, we make sure the electronic assets are refurbished or broken down into parts for reuse or resale, thereby ensuring that none of the parts of your device ends up in a landfill
4) How much of what you process is disposed of in a landfill?
We aim at zero percent wastage of electronics. Through our innovative e-waste recycling solutions – upcycling. Our goal is to ensure that our solutions lead to higher sustainability reuse rather than simply recycling them. We also refurbish electronics that can be reused on my partner platform known as Excessbid
5) What all do you recycle?
At Surplus Service, we abide by the highest environmental and recycling rules. We do not export any electronics to poor countries with weak environmental laws. We recycle all items such as computers, monitors, medical equipment, lab equipment etc. To know more about the items we recycle, click here
Are you a business owner or individual looking for e-waste solutions, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org today