As technology continues to evolve, the rate of electronic disposal gradually increases. If your old computer and small electronics are taking up unnecessary space, there is a way to properly dispose of them. Many businesses face this issue on a larger scale, having to dispose of old technology that has been replaced with more advanced systems. These unused electronics, which are also known as e-waste, can pose hazardous consequences if not managed according to local, state, and federal laws.
Generally, any electronic object that needs to be disposed of is considered e-waste. Computers, televisions, appliances, and all attached accessories contribute to the growing electronic waste stream. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 2.37 million short tons of electronics were ready for end-of-life management.
Since many electronic devices contain hazardous chemicals, it is essential that they be disposed of carefully. The environment and people’s safety are at risk. Computer and television screens contain leaded glass, which is a poisonous heavy metal. Batteries are known to carry explosive and cancer-causing elements such as cadmium, lithium, and lead. If these materials are left to a landfill, they could sit there for hundreds of years, because many hard plastics are not biodegradable.
You can protect the environment and ensure the safety of others by remembering to dispose of e-waste properly. A certified technician will know the safety and legal regulations that must be adhered to. Different electrical units may call for different handling procedures.