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Computers, laptops, fax machines, copiers, and televisions all have the potential to become electronic waste. As new technology continues to develop, older models of electronics will need to be managed. Currently, a majority of outdated electronics are merely being stored or warehoused.
Responsible management of e-waste involves limiting the volume of these electronics in landfills, extending the life of current electronics, and recycling and reusing old models.
useful life of a computer is approximately 3 years and continues
to decline. Only a
small of computers are being recycled, though the production of
computers is rising.
contain valuable natural resources, such as precious metals,
plastic and glass. Discarded electronics means discarded
resources that could be reused.
Conserving these resources also means preventing
additional pollution and wasted energy obtaining virgin
electronic models, especially televisions and monitors, contain
cathode ray tubes (CRTs), batteries, and mercury switches.
These elements contain mercury, lead, and other
types of hazardous materials.
Recycling prevents the emission and exposure of these
Companies may be qualified for a tax break if they donate computers to schools receiving special grants.
at a recycling processor, electronics are weighed in bulk and
then separated into types according to how they will be
Once the parts
are disassembled, each component is evaluated for possible reuse
Parts that are not repairable are sent for separate processing
and recovery into raw material, like glass, plastic, and various
3. Parts that can be refurbished may be physically repaired. Computers may require software installations or memory upgrades, and other electronic equipment may require small part replacements.
recyclables, computers posed a particular challenge for
recyclers, but the numerous parts of a computer provide numerous
options for resale or reuse.
Many hard drives and circuit boards remain intact within
an older model computer and can be resold.
Screws and clips can be magnetically separated from the
computer and sold as scrap.
Monitors: Monitors are separated from their plastic frames and metal supports. If the monitor contains a CRT, it is removed and crushed, safely containing any hazardous mercury waste. The glass and metal obtained is cleaned and sold.
RESPONSIBLE e-WASTE MANAGEMENT
Find a school,
organization, or family to whom you can donate your old
the life of the computer avoids waste of any kind.
If donating, ensure that equipment is operational, and
verify any software requirements of the receiving organization.
local recycling center or retailer for special collections,
programs, or incentives for electronics.
Be purposeful when making new electronics purchases. Look for electronics that are energy efficient, made with recycled content, use minimal packaging, and can be easily upgraded.
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