From old computers, laptops, and smartphones to electronic accessories and batteries, electronic waste or e-waste is becoming an issue in terms of its proper disposal. A 2014 report by the United Nations University indicated that about 40 million metric tons of e-waste are produced every year. In addition, much of this waste cannot be disposed of normally and is problematic to recycle.
However, recycling is the only way to properly handle e-waste, and companies are beginning to implement recycling into their daily routines. More communities are creating special recycling days that are focused on e-waste. From large computer monitors to lithium-ion batteries and more, there are focused recycling efforts to ensure that e-waste is handled properly.
Different Ways Communities Handle E-Waste
Single days devoted to collecting e-waste are spreading around the world. The events allow recycling companies to get the word out about their services while allowing community leaders to demonstrate their attention to the issue. It also calls attention to the problem associated with this form of waste and its proper disposal.
But events are not the only way that cities and towns are handling the e-waste issue. For residents and business owners who want to recycle e-waste, there are a few options outside of waiting for special events.
Many recycling companies are adding new services and equipment to handle the unique nature of e-waste. Unlike many standard items that can be recycled using simple and straightforward methods, e-waste presents challenges in terms of stripping down devices that contain elements which cannot be recycled. Harmful or toxic substances must be handled with care.
Some recycling centers do not accept certain items, such as large computer monitors. In such cases, other methods are used to handle these items.
Another growing method of recycling e-waste is to send the components through the mail. It is a costly service as you have to package the e-waste carefully and pay the shipping cost, but it can handle certain items, such as fluorescent lights and batteries.
For companies that produce a considerable amount of e-waste, there are businesses who specialize in the proper recycling of such items. This is a more cost-efficient means of ensuring that the electronic devices you no longer need are being handled in the correct manner.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If your home, office, or facility is having issues getting rid of e-waste, then let the professionals at Brickley Environmental help. Over the years, our trained technicians have become skilled in the proper removal and disposal of e-waste.