You probably think that it would be a bad idea to throw away $60 million in gold and silver every year, right? Well, that’s how much gold and silver is literally thrown away by Americans annually in the form of electronic waste.
About half of Americans (44%) say that they update their cell phones as soon as the new version comes out, which for most cell phone companies is about every two years.
These old cell phones contain precious metals like gold and silver that get discarded. Responsible disposal of electronic waste is about more than recovering precious metals, however. Responsible e-waste disposal matters in terms of keeping local water and soil clean and toxic waste out of landfills.
Here’s a statistic that brings it all home: electronic waste in the form of old cell phones, computer monitors, and televisions is only 2% of the trash in landfills, but a whopping 70% of the toxic waste in local landfills. That’s a serious problem.
The Solution? Junk King’s E-waste Disposal Services
Less than 15% of e-waste is currently recycled the right way. Whether you’re a business with leftover computer monitors or homeowner with an old printer or two, Junk King is committed to hauling your electronic waste away and responsibly recycling what can be cleaned up and reused.
Junk King Marin tries to embody many of the same principles as CalRecycle’s Electronic Waste Management programs.
California created the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 and the Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) recycling program in order to summon the resources and infrastructure to handle millions of tons of electronic waste.
In total, these initiatives have already generated over two billion pounds (more than 1 million tons) worth of recovered electronic waste.
What Junk King Takes
Junk King takes all kinds of electronic waste: copy machines, shredders, computer monitors, old laptops and desktops, televisions, and cell phones.
Although these kinds of devices can contain precious metals like gold and silver and other semi-precious metals like palladium, they can also contain toxic substances.
Two such substances – cadmium and lead – can harm local ecosystems and pose a significant threat to public health if not disposed of responsibly.
Fortunately, e-waste disposal is getting better in the United States since nearly half of computers are recycled. More statewide investment and popular awareness of the importance of recycling has meant more folks calling on Junk King for responsible e-waste disposal.
Repair, Donate, or Recycle
When it comes to e-waste disposal, though, you actually have three basic options: repair, donate, or recycle.
Having Junk King haul away your electronic waste is the best option, and clearly better than ensuring it winds up at a landfill by throwing it in the trash, if you can’t repair or donate it.
Sometimes the technology in your old cell phone is completely outdated and you need an upgrade right away. In that case, why not use a service like the partnership between goodwill and Dell, Dell Reconnect, to lend new life to your old electronic devices?
Verizon goes one step further by offering you the option of recycling your old tablets and cell phones. And believe it or not, the Make-A-Wish Foundation even has its own program to get your gently used, though no longer needed or wanted, electronic devices (computers, MP3 players, etc.) into the hands of kids recovering from treatment.
Responsible e-waste disposal helps keep local water systems and land clean of toxic substances, conserves natural resources, and might even help prevent climate change.
Contact Junk King, America’s greenest junk removal service, to have your old devices responsibly hauled away and recycled.