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Figuring Out Where to Recycle Electronics

November 16, 2017.

Is your home or office starting to feel like a graveyard for outdated, broken and unused electronic devices? Managing e-waste can be a challenge because you know you can’t just toss these items into the garbage for regular pickup. In addition to the valuable parts that can –and should– be recovered for future reuse, your old tablets, phones and computer parts also contain hazardous materials with the potential to cause harm to the environment and your community.

Finding a quick and efficient solution for electronic waste disposal shouldn’t be a challenge, but it often is difficult for the average consumer to find a comprehensive program that accepts a variety of different electronics at a single location. Making a number of trips to multiple locations is a time-consuming chore, not to mention a stressful one. Still, the potential impact to the environment and health of your community could be significant.

Why It’s Important to Recycle Electronics

When you purchase a brand-new tablet, upgrade your smartphone, or replace a damaged television, you know the product you’ve purchased will quickly become obsolete by design. Planned obsolescence creates a constant demand for manufacturers’ newest and most advanced devices, but it leaves you with a staggering amount of electronic waste in the process.

Lead, chromium, mercury and other highly dangerous chemicals pose serious health risks, and they’re just a small sampling of the dangerous compounds used to manufacture electronic devices. When you toss them into a landfill, these heavy metals and toxic chemicals can and do find their way into the water supply via groundwater leaching. This, in turn, places your own health and that of everyone in your community at risk.

If the theoretical threat to your health seems like a remote possibility, there’s always the law to consider. In addition to federal guidelines, there are often state laws and local ordinances governing the disposal of electronics. No one wants to find themselves on the wrong side of the law and proper recycling allows you to avoid potential legal headaches.

Finding Recycling Centers in Your Area

Some major retailers offer to recycle electronics and buy-back programs, but these services may be limited in scope. If you have more than one type of e-waste to manage responsibly, you may be forced to track down several different programs through multiple retailers just to get rid of all your discarded electronics in an ethical manner. You may also be required to package individual products carefully for shipping, which can be tedious if you have a large amount of e-waste.

Another thing to consider when choosing mail-in recycling programs through retailers or commercial initiatives is the lack of guarantee that your items will truly be recycled. It’s not uncommon for electronics sent in by well-meaning consumers for recycling to actually end up in developing countries, where they’re stripped of valuable components and then either burned or abandoned in massive landfills.

We know you want to do the right thing for the environment, reclaim valuable space in your home, and get rid of clutter as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our Jiffy Junk technicians are trained and experienced in electronic waste recovery and will come to your home or office to remove any and all e-waste you need to manage. We’ll leave the space clean-swept and clutter-free, then we’ll take your discarded electronics to local recycling centers, where you can rest assured they’re being processed safely.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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