We live in a world of electronics, smartphones, and “smart” devices. Even our refrigerators can talk to us now.
For those of us born after, say, 1990, being surrounded by and almost dependent on electronic devices has always been the way of the world. Keyboarding has replaced typing in school, and kindergartners from the 1990s on have been introduced to desktop and laptop computers from the first day of school.
Today it is almost automatic to hand small babies a smartphone to occupy them while Mom shops or sits waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
And the average life cycle of most electronics is such that we find ourselves replacing devices every year or so. QuantumLifeCycle.com, “Today, electronics are typically only used for 1.5 to 13 years, with most averaging 4.5 years.”
Which leads us to the inevitable question: What happens to all those devices when they need to be disposed of?
When It Comes to Recycling, “Think Globally, Act Locally” Matters
Fortunately, we live in a region that is particularly keen on recycling. While the state of Virginia as a whole recently ranked 17 out of 51 (all the states and Washington DC) in the LawnStarter 2022’s Best States at Managing Waste report, we did manage to maintain a state-wide recycling rate of 45.5 percent.
According to another study, Virginia’s recycling rate is just under 42 percent, which is below the national average but is the 2nd highest rate in the south. And Fairfax City reported a 48.6 percent recycling rate in 2020.
On another side of the Capital Region, Montgomery County, Maryland’s 2020 recycling rate of 58.94 percent of solid waste created topped all other counties in Maryland, according to statistics released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
All of this simply means that Capital District residents are certainly on board with the idea when it comes to recycling solid waste. And recycling electronic waste, or e-waste as it’s known is a part of that equation.
The problem for many people is not knowing how to best dispose of their old electronics – their household and commercial e-waste – in order to ensure that they are properly processed. In other words, ensuring that e-waste is recycled can be challenging.
One thing that is certain – it’s really not okay to just toss your old electronics into the trash.
In fact, according to the Fairfax County website,
“Virginia law requires that any manufacturer that sells (or offers for sale) more than 500 units of computer equipment in the state to provide an opportunity for customers to return or recycle their equipment at no charge.”
And although most types of common electronics are accepted at the e-cycling stations at the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex, for example, getting them is not always an easy or convenient task for many people in the D.C. region.
This is why Junk King, Washington DC, specializes in electronic waste removal and e-waste recycling.
Five Reasons to Call on Junk King Washington DC, for Your E-Waste Recycling
There are several great reasons to call on Junk King for all your junk removal and disposal needs. However, when it comes to e-waste recycling, the advantages of relying on Junk King Washington DC are significant.
Here are five reasons you should use our e-waste recycling services:
We are Environmentally Friendly
Anyone can claim to be a “green” business and have the planet’s best interests at heart. But when it comes to junk removal companies, Junk King pioneered the concept of recycling-based junk removal and disposal. Recycling is not only at the core of our corporate mission but also in our corporate DNA.
We are Experienced
With more than a decade of serving our friends and neighbors in the greater D.C. area, Junk King Washington DC has the experience and the knowledge needed to be the best at what we do. Because we do far more than simply load junk and dump it into a landfill (see above!), we are the premier choice when it comes to a knowledgeable, experienced, and well-connected e-waste recycling partner.
We are Professional
There is probably no shortage of guys out there who are willing to load an old truck with someone’s junk for a low price. And, in our line of work, what you pay for is almost always what you get. While we are certainly not the highest-priced junk removal firm in our area, we are most definitely the most expert and professional. And we believe that exceptional customer service is a central part of professionalism.
We Have Lower Pricing
As we noted previously, we are not the area’s most expensive e-waste recycling service. But we do offer the most value for your money and consistently fair and transparent pricing. Our pricing is flexible, never based on weight, and always without surprises.
We are Easy to Work With
Our goal is to make the entire e-waste recycling process as simple, quick, and convenient for you as possible. From the initial phone call or online booking to the actual pick up and removal of your junk or e-waste and to the final billing process – Junk King Washington DC is easy to work with, efficient, and always friendly.
The State of Electronics and E-Waste in the United States
Residents of the United States continue to manufacture and acquire huge quantities of electronic devices, gadgets, and appliances year after year.
While exact numbers are impossible to calculate or measure, it’s safe to say that Americans likely own millions upon millions of desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and a wide variety of other handheld devices.
At any given time in the U.S., mountains and stockpiles of old, unwanted, or non-working electronics eventually end up in our nation’s solid waste stream.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that,
“According to a 2013 report by the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American household uses about 28 electronic products such as personal computers, mobile phones, televisions and electronic readers (e-readers).”
Because that estimate is almost ten years old, it is likely more than 30 devices today.
Which works out to about 35,000,000 electronic devices being used in Fairfax County alone! And where do all these electronics end up when they stop working, become obsolete, or get replaced by a new, better, or bigger version?
The EPA reported that Americans tossed out 2.7 million tons of unwanted “consumer electronics goods” back in 2018, the most recent figures available. Unfortunately, about 61.5 percent, or more than 1,660,000 tons.
And that was over three years ago.
That’s actually better than America’s recycling rates of many other waste materials. And that statistic also means that most e-waste ended up in landfills.
All of this is why calling on Junk King Washington DC, for your e-waste recycling needs is a smart and “green” alternative.
E-Waste Recycling Made Easy: Junk King Washington DC
When you need to properly remove and dispose of large quantities of old electronics, we can provide you with an affordable, easy, and efficient option for your e-waste recycling needs.
In fact, Junk King Washington DC can provide you with professional junk removal services for just about any type of junk item, so you can have us take you unwanted or unusable devices and other old electronics, too.
Of course, we recycle far more than e-waste: in fact, we can see to it that just about anything we pick that’s made with glass, metal, paper, and plastic will be properly disposed of and recycled.
And, as we said here already, we can take any kind of junk along with your old electronics and other types of e-waste. In fact, we can even remove your excess household rubbish, trash, and garbage if you need us to.
The truth is, there is almost nothing we can’t take.
In other words, no matter what your junk consists of, as long as it’s not household hazardous waste or HHW, Junk King Washington, DC, can help you get it out of your way. We provide eco-friendly junk removal services to help you dispose of any type of unwanted junk, including large trash items and old appliances.
Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or office, and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
No hidden fees, no added charges, and no surprises. You point, and we do all the heavy lifting!
So, are you ready to take care of your e-waste recycling? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.