How many abandoned electronic devices does your family have laying around? As new gadgets go obsolete on what seems like a daily basis and people don’t give a second thought to buying the latest and greatest technology, the country is facing a big and growing e waste problem. And with it comes an e waste disposal challenge.
Nearly a decade ago, the United Nations reported that in some countries, production of e waste would rise by as much as 500% over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, that prediction was accurate, with 20-50,000,000 metric tons of e waste disposed of worldwide every year. The statistics and trends on e waste are startling:
- The average mobile phone user buys or leases a new cell phone every 18 months.
- In the US, consumers toss over 100 million mobile devices in the trash every year.
- According to the EPA, well over 100,000 computers are discarded every day in the U.S. alone. That’s a staggering 40 million+ laptops and desktop computers each year!
Sadly, less than 15% of e waste is disposed of and recycled properly. Junk King of Marin is committed to improving that statistic.
The Problem with Improper e Waste Disposal
Most people know they shouldn’t just throw e waste into the garbage. But many don’t know what items are considered e waste and how they should be handled. Yet when e waste is not recycled properly, it often ends up in landfills either here at home or in developing countries, where it can cause serious harm.
So, what exactly is e waste? The term covers any and all discarded electronics that, when improperly disposed of, can potentially harm the ecosystem. That’s because many electronics contain heavy metals like lead, mercury, lithium, and other hazardous materials that pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. In addition to electronics, items such as fluorescent bulbs and tubes, pesticides, paints, old medications, cleaning products, and other chemicals are forbidden to be put in your regular trash or poured down a drain or gutter because of the contaminants they contain.
Letting the Pros Handle Your e Waste Disposal
Proper e waste disposal and recycling is vital for your and the planet’s health. That means everyone needs to be vigilant about where they recycle and dispose of their old and discarded electronics.
Figuring out where to recycle those old electronics, especially because many e waste recyclers limit what they accept, is a struggle for many in the Bay area. And, unfortunately, many so called e waste recyclers don’t recycle and handle e waste disposal in a proper and sustainable way.
Junk King of Marin has extensive experience in proper e waste disposal practices. From computers to cell phones and televisions, we handle all your e waste needs whether it be through recycling, repurposing, or proper disposal. The superior service that our skilled and friendly teams bring to the job ensures a quick and efficient removal of all your e waste.
If you reside in Marin County and are looking for a socially responsible e waste disposal company, Junk King of Marin is the solution you’ve been looking for. Give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today and let us help you properly dispose of all your abandoned electronics.