Recycling your electronics, also referred to as e-cycling, is an important progression into creating a healthier environment. It’s unfortunate, but not enough people recycle their old electronics in the appropriate manner.
Allowing for electronics to go to a landfill strongly jeopardizes the future of the environment. Illness, disease and even death could occur when the toxins produced by these electronics come in contact with living creatures.
Canada provides their residents with several opportunities to recycle electronics in the right manner. Many programs and efforts made to collect old electronics make it easier for the residents to participate. These free-of-cost efforts usually accept cell phones, laptops, computers, tablets, cameras, print cartridges, refrigerators, and more.
By contacting the city in which you reside, you can become informed of specific e-cycling collection dates or current programs in place that accept old electronics. Often times, schools will hold community events and drop off dates for the collection of electronics. Churches and other facilities might also partake in such events. Keep all of your old electronics gathered so that you may take advantage of these events and rid of your junk appropriately.
Depending on where you live, your township may also have dedicated locations that accept e-waste year-round. Check your city’s website to see what options are available in your area.
Why Is E-Cycling Important?
The rapid growth of technology is allowing for the advancement in electronics. Many people will rid of electronics after making an upgrade. Every several years, people are found discarding their laptops and cell phones for the latest models. This creates a surplus of hazardous waste.
Electronic waste can be hazardous to the environment and should be kept out of landfills. Many of the devices contain high levels of contaminants. These contaminants are often in the form of lead, beryllium, cadmium, and bromine materials. All of these pollutants can create a dangerous atmosphere, creating illness and possibly even death when exposed to higher levels of the toxins.
By practicing e-cycling techniques and taking advantage of the programs offered throughout your community, the exposure to these toxins is lessened and the electronics are disposed of in a manner safe for the environment. The e-cycling program in place may reuse parts of the electronics to create other products or dispose of the electronic all-together in an appropriate and safe manner.
As technology advances, electronics become more widely used. If e-cycling isn’t practiced, the entire world could become hazardous and unable to sustain life without illness. It is important to protect the quality of life not only for the present day, but for the future.