With technology on the rise and everyone wanting their own computer or other electronic device, sooner or later we will need to find a place to dispose of the equipment that are no longer working and the local landfill may not be the best place to solve that problem. There is a lot of concern about the discarding of unneeded electronic waste in landfills and the fact that we should probably be looking at smarter recycling options, but can electronic waste hurt us and if so, how?
There are many reasons to properly dispose of our electronic waste, not the least of which is that some of the parts like circuit boards contain materials that are toxic like zinc and chromium. Discarding those pieces of equipment into areas that people can come in contact with like landfills, especially when they have no knowledge of the risks, is nothing if not irresponsible. Considering the fact that those disposal numbers are on the increase, something should be done to address that problem
When it comes recycling e-waste, conventional methods may not always work well, but that does not mean that there are no available options for us to choose from. Some electronic waste items may contain small amounts of gold and copper, which are commodities that can fetch a few dollars if enough of it is acquired. On the other hand, shipping our electronic waste to other countries so that they can deal with it should also be considered as a poor option. If you’re interested in Riverbank electronics recycling, Cen Cal Ewaste is a free service that will recycle your e-waste for you.
They say that one man’s trash should be considered as another ones treasure chest and when it comes to electronic devices that should also be considered. Although several parts are definitely not reusable, there are many parts of a computer that can be put back into service, like a power supply, or a hard drive, or even one or two of the connectors. Just think about how many computers we were sitting around waiting for parts that the owners cannot afford to replace.
When computers and other forms of technology were originally designed there was probably very little thought that went into what to do with them when they served their purpose. What are we supposed to do with that nickel and cadmium, or those switches that could be mercury filled? Maybe we should be taking a closer look at the possibility of groundwater contamination that result when we don’t properly dispose of our electronic waste, especially since the repercussions can be so extensive.
Playing it again
Most people who turn on a computer have gotten used to seeing some form of windows operation booting up. Older computers don’t perform as well on these operating systems and can frustrate the user to the point of throwing it out and purchasing a new computer. Rather than dispose of these older units, you might consider reviving them with a free operating system and either use them again or donate the device to someone who can’t afford a computer themselves, which is another great way to recycle.