The disposal of electronics is a growing problem today, electronic devices contain harmful and hazardous substances that can cause damage to the environment. Did you know according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more than four million tons of e-waste go to U.S. landfills each year? Here’s your go-to guide for the ultimate glossary of terms about electronic recycling that you can refer when you need

  1. Biodegradable: When a substance is able to be broken down by microorganisms into basic elements like carbon dioxide and water
  2. Baler – A pressing machine design to bring together loose pieces of cardboard, paper, plastic into a neat and manageable shape. This aids in the transportation and reuse of materials in the recycling industry
  3. Closed Site (Landfill) – A landfill that has reached its permitted waste capacity and has been permanently capped and certified as closed by the appropriate state regulatory agency
  4. Carcinogen – Refers to any substance or radiation that is an agent involved directly in the promotion of cancer or in the facilitation of its propagation
  5. Chemical Waste – Refers to waste that is made from or contains harmful chemicals. Chemical waste may fall under regulations such as COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to health)
  6. Clinical Waste – Medical waste, also known as clinical waste, usually refers to waste that cannot be classified as general waste, produced from healthcare premises, such as hospitals and laboratories
  7. Disposal Fee – A fee charged for the amount of waste disposed of by customers at a landfill
  8. Drop-off Box or Center – Sectioned containers where individuals and businesses can put recyclable material or containers used for waste collection where individual service is not available
  9. CRT – The cathode ray tube (CRT) is a vacuum tube containing an electron gun and a fluorescent screen, with internal or external means to accelerate and deflect the electron beam, used to form images in the form of light emitted from the fluorescent screen. The image may represent electrical waveforms (oscilloscope), pictures (television, computer monitor)
  10. Data Destruction – The irreversible removal of data from a media form. This can have many applications and methods
  11. Наzаrdоuѕ Wаѕtе – А роtеntіаllу hаrmful аnd dаngеrоuѕ tуре оf rubbіѕh thаt іѕ nоt ѕаfе fоr humаnѕ nоr fоr thе еnvіrоnmеnt. Ѕресіаl рrесаutіоnѕ ѕhоuld bе tаkеn whеn іt’ѕ dіѕроѕеd оff.
  12. Incineration – A method that industries use to break down waste and distribute it into the environment through ash, water and air
  13. Маtеrіаlѕ rесоvеrу fасіlіtу (МRF) – А ѕресіаl fасіlіtу fоr ѕераrаtіng rесусlаblеѕ mаtеrіаlѕ mесhаnісаllу оr mаnuаllу. Тhе wаѕtе іѕ рlасеd іn dіffеrеnt саtеgоrіеѕ lіkе glаѕѕ, рlаѕtіс, рареr аnd mеtаl
  14. Hard Drive – A hard disk drive (HDD), commonly referred to as a hard drive, hard disk, or fixed disk drive is a non-volatile storage device which stores digitally encoded data
  15. Reuse – Refers to an item more than once. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function and new-life reuse where it is used for a new function

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