Electronics Disposal & Recycle
Why Donate or Recycle Electronics
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
All those dead batteries
There are a couple ways you can properly dispose of the single-use and rechargeable batteries, like AA, AAA and D-cell batteries that are common in flashlights, toys and other household electronics. Best Buy, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Lowes and Staples all have free drop-off spots to take dead batteries off your hands. I suggest collecting your used batteries in a container and taking them in when it gets full.
What Is Inside Your Old TV Set
CRT television monitors contain more than just a glass display, plastic structures, and wires. Experienced recyclers are familiar with the intricate components of these types of screens and how to deconstruct them. Some of the materials in your old TV set include the following:
Televisions are made of several different materials. Some of the most valuable components of an older CRT monitor are metals. CRT TVs usually contain parts made of copper, gold, iron, steel, and many more, all of which can be refined for the manufacturing of new products.
Obsolete monitors, including televisions, were made with CRT glass. CRT glass contains hazardous elements, such as lead, beryllium, mercury, and cadmium. When improperly dumped into a landfill, these materials can seep into the groundwater, affecting the local ecosystem.
Old TV Recycling and Why
A list of helpful website for recycling electronics:
Master List of Where and How to Recycle Electronics