The World Has an E-Waste Problem

What was once an issue that barely caused a ripple is now being seen as a major problem. Electronic waste or E-Waste has increased many-fold over the past few years. Currently, around six million pounds of discarded electronic devices are being processed each month at one plant in Fresno run by ERI. That is a fraction of what is being discarded by Americans every month. 

With a new generation of 5G devices, the number of devices that will soon be hitting the recycling bins will be astounding. And while it is good that many of these devices will either be recycled whole or have their important components such as aluminum, copper, and steel removed so they can be reused, it is still a massive issue. 

Why E-Waste is Growing

The answer is simple, the thirst for the latest, fastest electronics means that more people are getting rid of their older ones even if they still are in good condition. Consider that from 2010 to 2017, Americans increased their spending on new communication devices and telephones almost five times over. However, the $71 billion spent in 2017 may be dwarfed by the amount that will be spent on a new generation of devices that promises even faster download speeds. 

The introduction of 5G will result in a changeover of devices that may be on a greater scale compared to when people switched from black and white televisions to color. This transition is great for businesses that produce 5G devices but represents a massive challenge for the proper recycling and disposal of older gadgets, mobile devices, and other components that are not up to the 5G standards. 

Hazardous Waste From Electronic Devices

You may be surprised to learn about the hazardous materials found inside many devices. Substances such as mercury and beryllium pose dangers to the health of the environment and all living things that come into contact with these materials. Although their presence in individual devices is quite small and generally harmless, when added together with other disposed materials, it represents a significant problem. 

Currently, only 19 states have laws governing the disposal of E-Waste. This means 31 states in which electronic waste can be dumped into landfills. Even in the states that ban such practices, it is left to the consumer to properly dispose of or recycle their old devices. 

One way to address the situation is to make electronic devices sturdier and more resilient. This means having batteries that can easily be replaced. Modern rechargeable batteries are often good for only two years. Not being able to replace them only sends the devices to the garbage bin. 

That is why better solutions are needed if business owners and consumers are to address the growing issue of electronic waste.  

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you are facing a situation with electronic waste or E-Waste, Brickley Environmental has the knowledge, experience, and equipment needed to help solve your problem. We offer a wide range of waste management solutions in the Southern California area.

For more information on E-Waste, click here to visit the EPA website.

E-waste – A Toxic Waste Stream

e-waste

E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic. 

This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns. 

The Buildup of E-Waste

The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile devices, and other technology are much more advanced compared to a decade ago. It’s easy to see why older devices have become obsolete. E-waste can be harmless in small amounts, but become an environmental issue when collected in large quantities.

Recycling Efforts

Even though many old electronic devices are still usable with some containing valuable materials, recycling of such devices is still quite small. This is because of the difficulties in breaking down old electronic waste, extracting the valuable materials, and dealing with the issues of possible toxic substances. 

But the advantages of recycling starts with the toxic substances that are not buried and left to leak into local water supplies. Plus, many of the components can be used again and again without degradation. The solutions include the following:

  • Using devices for as long as practical
  • Identifying recycling locations
  • Giving away older devices that might be of use to others 

There is a multitude of rules and regulations regarding the proper disposal of old devices. There is also a lack of recycling facilities. This can be a difficult issue to solve.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

The experts at Brickley Environmental can help if your company is disposing of old electronic devices, computers, and the like. There may be some e-waste that is recyclable which means that your company or others can use it for their needs. Call Brickley Environmental today and talk to the experts who can help you properly dispose of the e-waste that is on your property. 

For more information on E-Waste, please visit the EPA website.

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

EPA ruling asbestosThe latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally.

However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put the public at risk for asbestos exposure. The fibers in asbestos, when inhaled over time, may cause mesothelioma, which is a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer that has proven to be difficult to treat and quite deadly. The products listed include the following:

  • Adhesives, Roof Coatings, Extruded Sealant Tape, and Sealants
  • Electrical Paper, Acetylene Cylinder fillers, Friction Materials, and Millboard
  • Missile Liner, Arc Chutes, Pipelines, and Wrap
  • Woven and Cement Products, Roofing Felt, and Packing Materials
  • Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tile, Reinforced Plastics, Building Products, and Separators for Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Interestingly enough, the new ruling which puts the EPA in charge of whether asbestos is to be used was heavily criticized. This is because EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has promised in congressional testimony to completely ban the substance from any commercial use.

Bans on Asbestos Use

While the dangers of asbestos are well-known and the substance has been banned for any use in over 60 countries, some of the countries that have not fully banned it include the US, China, Russia, and India. These are some of the leading industrial countries in the world. Plus, Brazil has only recently fully banned asbestos as it was one of the leading producers of the mineral.

In addition, Mongolia, Singapore, and Ukraine were previously on the fully banned list but now have relaxed their regulations in terms of using this mineral.

The fear is that the continued use of asbestos, even in limited amounts, will increase the chances of people developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. While the vast majority of uses for asbestos has been banned, such as in building material, there are still products and certain appliances that use asbestos in limited amounts.

If you suspect that your residence, building or property has asbestos present, you will want to call a professional asbestos removal company to find out.

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your residence, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental today. The professionals at Brickley Environmental have the knowledge, training, and experience to identify and remove mold from your property. Over the years, we have developed the right techniques and use the best tools and equipment to safely remove asbestos from all types of structures.

Why Electronic Waste is Becoming a Big Concern

The high demand for the latest electronic devices, such as computers, laptops, and mobile devices, has created an enormous amount of electronic waste, or e-waste, around the world. Given how quickly new and improved devices are on the market, it means even more devices are now outdated and considered somewhat useless in most cases.

The result is a build-up of electronic waste that in some countries is reaching alarming proportions. In India, for example, the country has quickly become the fifth largest generator of e-waste in the world. This is because of a massive effort starting in the 1990s to modernize the country. This resulted in many industries, particularly the telecom sector, to start using modern equipment.

However, this growth has resulted in a large amount of old, outdated technology being thrown out. While the telecom industry is the major contributor, the citizens of India are not far behind as they tend to dispose of their mobile devices every two years. Only recently has the government of India started work towards addressing the e-waste issue.

Recycling Efforts

Currently, the worldwide rate of recycling electronic waste is roughly 20 percent. In India, the number is an astounding 1.5 percent. This has resulted in a massive e-waste build-up that is only now being addressed. Even though some sectors of the country have started recycling programs, many citizens are ill-informed about the purpose of the recycling centers and bring their standard waste or garbage to the recycling locations in addition to their e-waste.

The traditional disposal methods do not work well for e-waste, which tends to pollute the water that runs from and under the landfills. The elements inside the electronic waste infect the soil and make it unfit for cultivation. Plus, many electronic devices contain cadmium, lead, and mercury, which poison the body and cause damage to the liver, lungs, kidneys, nervous system, bones, and brain.

Although there are challenges in India, there is also hope. The combination of private and public entities are starting to form around establishing recycling centers and educating the public. However, the conditions that exist in India have quickly become problematic for many developing countries around the world.

While the US and many European nations have recycling programs in place, developing countries that are now turning to new technologies are facing challenges on how to properly recycle or dispose of the building e-waste problem.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If your business has old electronic devices, such as outdated computers or tablets, and would like to get rid of them, call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. Our experienced staff will listen to your needs and provide the personnel, tools, and equipment to act. We can remove large amounts of e-waste from your office or facility quickly and safely