Why Recycle Electronics?
With continued advancement in technology and the integration of electronic products in our daily lives, the overall use of electronics has excelled at a rapid rate. It is estimated that Americans now own approximately 24 electronics per household!
Electronic Waste is a new and ever growing waste stream with an estimated 25% of discarded electronics being recycled. Prior to 1980, the term electronic waste had no meaning. Fast forward to today and over 3 million tons (6 billion lbs.) of electronics were processed by recyclers last year alone. The EPA has stated that electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams.
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There are many reasons to properly recycle electronics, some of which include the following:
- Electronics contain valuable metals and components that can be reused in another manufacturing process
- Electronics contain the following chemicals that can pollute the air & water without proper disposal and recycling: Cadmium, Mercury, Beryllium, Chromium, Barium, Hexavalent Chromium, Brominated Flame Retardants
- Recycling metals such as copper, steel and aluminum reduces the cost to mine raw materials thus reducing the cost to manufacture new goods
- Data Control – Personal, private or sensitive data stored on data devices in your equipment. RAE properly destroys all resident data on recycled equipment
RAE – IT Asset Management is committed to environmentally responsible electronic recycling.
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