We all have managed to stockpile an old computer or two, maybe a couple of corded phones or even a two hundred pound TV set from 1985 that you simply don’t know what to do with. As your electronic waste, or e-waste accumulates in your garage collecting dust you decide it’s finally time to take action. You can either take everything to your local recycling facility, which is half an hour away and only open for two hours on the first Saturday of the month or you can throw the pieces out with your trash.
Even though awareness about
electronics recycling and available recycling locations is increasing,
according to a study released from the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA), consumers still say convenience is a determining factor as to
whether or not they recycle their electronic waste.
the CE Recycling and Reuse 2012 Edition study, six in ten consumer
electronic owners removed at least one device from their homes in the
last year, with 48% donating the device for reuse and 26% choosing to
recycle. The other twelve percent put their electronic devices in the
trash citing that it was the most convenient option. Convenience can
take into account time, resources, and cost, which plays heavily on how
consumers decide to get rid of waste.
While programs at individual
companies and retailers are trying to make it easier for consumers to
recycle their products, it is still left up to the consumer to make the
final decision of how to dispose of their unwanted materials.
study also revealed that nine in ten consumers believe it's important to
recycle their electronic devices and 63% of consumers know where to
recycle them. This is very promising as to the future of how we handle
Walter Alcorn, vice president of CEA's environmental
affairs and industry sustainability department stated: "The marked
increase in consumer awareness of how and where to recycle their
electronics illustrates the progress our industry has made on this
While there have been some concerns as to what really
happens to e-waste once it is taken to a facility, most of the products
can be resold or dismantled for parts. Regardless of what happens next,
this option is better than throwing e-waste away with your regular trash
where the products have the potential to leach heavy metals into
landfills and incinerator ash.
As technology continues to change
and we become increasing dependent on our electronic devices, e-waste
will only continue to grow. That's why it is important to start making a
better effort to get your e-waste to an accredited recycling facility
and start recycling now!
Read more at The Green Economy.