One of the most popular items to purchase at Christmas time our electronics. These aren’t just the gifts that you give to the special people in your life but it’s also the gifts that we give to ourselves! With prices dropping the closer you get to Christmas, it’s hard to resist the temptation of a new computer or a flat screen TV. The moment you buy yourself or someone special a new electronic device, whatever they had been using before that becomes electronic waste or e-waste. Quite often whenever we get a new monitor, computer or TV the old one is tucked back into a closet or stored down the basement. That’s because we instinctively know these items should not be thrown out with the regular garbage but at the same time we aren’t sure what to do with them. In the case of e-waste recycling or disposal, it’s best to leave it to the professionals to handle the delicate task.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is actually becoming the fastest-growing portion of our nation’s garbage. This is backed up by the fact that the Consumer Electronics Association did some research to find that there are at least 24 electronic gadgets in every household. Going back to that idea of swapping out those gadgets results in around 2,000,000 tons of unwanted e-waste created every year. Unfortunately, less than 20% of that e-waste is ever recycled. That means the e-waste is going to end up in landfills and that’s going to cause a problem down the road when toxic materials such as lead, mercury or beryllium might leak out into the soil and groundwater.
Certain communities are taking harsh steps to make sure that e-waste is recycled properly. For instance over in Illinois all e-waste is banned from landfills and anyone who’s caught throwing electronics out in the garbage could be fine hundred dollars. This also applies to manufacturers who have to get rid of their e-waste.
In Oakland, there a professional team of junk haulers who specializes in the proper disposal of e-waste is Junk King. There are certain facilities located around town that can handle this type of junk. Instead of just being crushed, the individual components generated from e-waste have to be stripped apart and separated. Then those separate elements can be processed together and repurposed.
If you’re someone who has been using computers for years that’s a pretty safe bet you may have a couple of abandoned desktops and monitors sitting around waiting to get recycled. One call to the best Oakland Hauling team and you will have accomplished that task. But you don’t have to limit yourself to e-waste for this pickup. At the same time the junk haulers are taking away your old monitors or TV they can also be taking away your unused furniture, kitchen appliances and even yard debris. The bottom line is that you can start to fill up a truck with your old electronic gadgets and end up getting rid of all your clutter!