How Many Precious Metals are Found in Electronic Devices?
When the term “venerable goldmine” is used, it’s hard to conjure up images of old computers, used cell phones and broken keyboards. But old devices contain a surprising amount of useful and valuable metals that would be a shame to let go to waste. So just what types of metals are lurking in that outdated […]
How Long Does it Take Electronics to Break Down in Landfills?
By Rachelle Gordon June 18, 2015 Electronic waste or “e-waste” is defined as unwanted or broken electric items that need to be discarded. E-waste is a broad term and can include everything from old tube television sets to broken smartphones. Unlike other trash, e-waste shouldn’t simply be tossed in a bin and sent to the […]
Can You Recycle Electronic Cords and Cables?
By Rachelle Gordon June 16, 2015 We all have one – a tote bag or cardboard box in the back of our attics or garages filled with random cords and cables. From auxiliary cables for stereos to old computer cords for technology that no longer exists, there are many lonely, unused electronic cables in this […]
How Do You Prep an Electronic Device for Recycling?
By Rachelle Gordon June 11, 2015 Electronic waste – or e-waste – consists of any obsolete or broken electric items that you wish to dispose of. This can include everything from computer towers to typewriters from the ‘70s. Unfortunately, it is not environmentally friendly (nor technically allowed) to simply throw these items into the dumpster […]
Why Don’t We Recycle Our Electronics?
By Robert Jennings June 9, 2015 I dropped my phone the other day. Cracked the screen. And, when I say cracked, I mean I had to clean glass shards out of my face after every phone call. Now, being the tech-savvy individual I am, I could have easily gotten a new screen and done the […]
Why E-Waste Recycling is a Must for Small Businesses
By Sophia Bennett June 4, 2015 In the Information Age, few things are more important than protecting your company’s data. As a small business, your idea may be your whole business. If proprietary information falls into the wrong hands, it can spell destruction. There have been dozens of high-profile cases of thieves stealing poorly-guarded customer data […]
How Does E-Waste Affect the Environment?
Electronic waste – usually called “e-waste” – refers to any and all electric or electronic items needing to be disposed of. This can include – but certainly is not limited to – old cell phones, televisions, computer towers or inkjet printers. As technology has continued to advance, so has the amount of e-waste being produced […]
How to Recycle Electronic Waste
By Sophia Bennett May 26, 2015 The facts about e-waste are staggering. According to DoSomething.org: Up to 50 million tons of electronic or e-waste are thrown away every year. Electronic waste is the fastest growing category of waste in the United States. Only 12.5 percent of that waste actually gets recycled. Electronics are full of toxic materials such as lead, […]
Exploring California’s E-cycling Laws
By Veena Clay May 19, 2015 For the past decade, states across the country have enacted e-waste legislation in an effort to address the lack of such legislation at the federal level. Each state has its own approach to confronting growing e-waste streams and the issues they create, though. California has long been a pioneer […]
E-Waste: A Deadly Gold Mine
By Nick Marinoff May 14, 2015 Our recent wave of technology has paved the way for a number of things: ecommerce, e-books, e-waste… Wait a minute, what the heck is “e-waste?” Is it unused websites the Internet somehow manages to discard overtime? Is it electronic paperwork that somehow gets shelled out into the atmosphere when […]