Category Archives: Chemical Waste

How Does Recycling Electronics Help The Environment?

Recycling Electronics in a safe manner is important if we are to protect our environment. If you have old or broken electronics that you want to get rid of, do not throw them in the trash! Improper disposal of electronics causes all sorts of harm to our planet. Do the environment as well as future generations of humanity an enormous favor by recycling your electronics. If you don’t want to take your items to a recycling center or if there isn’t one in your area, reach out to the junk haulers at Junk King. We bring all electronics to our recycling hub to determine what can be salvaged. Let’s take a look at exactly how failing to recycle electronics damages our environment.

Recycling Electronics – Hazardous Chemicals How - Does - Recycling - Electronics - Help - The - Environment -Junk-King-Marin-CA

Computers and many other electronics are made with harmful chemicals and materials like cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, arsenic, selenium, beryllium and chemical flame retardants. Something as small as a computer monitor has four pounds of lead. When these chemicals leak out of discarded devices, they seep into the soil and eventually reach the water table. Can you imagine drinking or bathing with water that is full of nasty chemicals? It has happened before and it will continue to happen if people fail to recycle their electronics.

E-Waste Often is Often Transported to Third World Countries

Plenty of the e-waste generated in developed countries actually ends up in undeveloped areas of the world. If the electronics are not processed at a certified electronics recycling operation, there is a good chance that they will be transported to impoverished countries. Unfortunately, many of the people residing in these countries are not aware of how to properly discard e-waste. Furthermore, most undeveloped countries are not capable of handling these hazardous materials in the proper manner. Plenty of this e-waste ends up being dumped in landfills or other areas, causing irreparable harm to our planet. It seeps into the water supply, poisoning the residents of these countries as well as their livestock. Some third world countries even burn old and broken electronics, creating nasty air pollution.

Preserve Our Natural Resources

Though few know it, e-waste has an array of valuable materials like silver, copper, gold and ferrous metals. These materials can be re-used after the electronic device breaks or is no longer desired by the owner. Do everyone on the planet a favor by recycling your electronics so that the re-usable materials can be applied to new electronic devices.

Preserve Our Landfill Space

It is no secret that our landfills are overflowing with junk. Too many junk haulers head right on over to the landfill with whatever they remove from homes, businesses and other sites. Junk King bucks the trend by analyzing each and every piece of junk to determine if it can be donated or recycled. The unfortunate truth is that the electronics you put in your trash will end up in an overcrowded landfill. Do your part by recycling these items so that landfill space can be preserved for non-hazardous items that actually belong there.

Let Junk King Recycle Your old Electronics for You

You really do have to power to preserve the integrity of our planet. Ally with the junk aficionados at Junk King and we’ll do everything possible to prevent your electronics from harming the environment. The electronics we pick up are either recycled or re-used by those who can obtain some utility out of those items. It is a stark contrast from our competitors who often dump anything and everything they pick up. Reach out to Junk King today to learn more about our relationships with recycling hubs and our green junk removal service. You can reach us by dialing 888-888-5865 or email us.

Laws on the Disposal of Chemical Waste

If you’ve been keeping up with the news you know all about the recent spill along the Colorado River. This is definitely a teachable lesson and a reminder that the responsibility of disposing of chemical waste is a shared one.

What is Chemical Waste Anyway? 

Chemical waste – sometimes called industrial waste – is waste produced by mixing potentially harmful chemicals together. Various chemical solvents, paints, paper products and heavy metals might all be classified as chemical waste by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In fact, the regulation of chemical waste is a joint effort between the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as state and local governments. This makes sense in light of the fact that different states have different liabilities – as the example above with the Colorado River, unfortunately, illustrates.

It might surprise you to hear that OSHA is also involved in the oversight of chemical waste, but that also makes sense given that a lot of chemical waste is produced in commercial factories. As an example, a paint mixing facility or pharmaceutical lab might have to deal with an OSHA regulator and comply with local regulations as well.

Chemical Waste and Hazardous Waste 

There’s even more strict regulation when it comes to chemical waste that’s also hazardous waste – mainly because, if left unattended to and unregulated, hazardous waste poses a greater environmental and public health threat.

Now, going back to those venn diagrams in high school, we could say that all hazardous waste is chemical waste but that not all chemical waste is hazardous waste. If, however, chemical waste is hazardous waste then it has the following properties: toxicity, reactivity, corrosively and ignitability.

  • Hazardous Waste

Just from the sound of some of these words - ignitability, reactivity, etc. - you can get a sense of why responsibly disposing of these kinds of industrial byproducts is to the public good, and maybe good for your blood pressure numbers too.

In fact, a lot of chemical waste can’t even be recycled. Instead it will be, in the case of glassware from labs, stowed in plastic-protected boxes and deposited at a landfill. Because of the increased threat posed by hazardous waste, the EPA has urged state regulators to create their own hazardous waste disposal programs.

Although it doesn’t necessarily make for intriguing beach reading, you can find more about how hazardous waste like PCBs and dioxins are categorized and regulated, both federally and locally, here. There are even rules that states need to follow for safe disposal in landfills – found here.

  • Medical Waste

Another area in which sensitivity is definitely the order of the day is with medical waste. With medical waste, or other kinds of potentially hazardous waste, the waste is collected from clinics, hospitals and laboratories, then processed. Processing usually means that the waste is burned in an incinerator, made inert through chemistry, preserved in formalin or heavily disinfected with bleach.

  • Universal Waste

The EPA also regulates chemical waste that it’s categorized as universal waste. Universal waste are household items like batteries and lightbulbs as well as mercury-containing electronics and certain pesticides you may have sitting around.

You can find the EPA’s more comprehensive list of standards for universal waste management here, and discover more about how federal legislation interacts with your state’s regulations on chemical waste here.

The fact is that disposing of universal waste is everyone’s responsibility since universal waste comes from materials that are commonly sold and widely available in retail stores – hence the name universal waste.

Contact Junk-King Marin today if you need universal, e-waste safely disposed.