Recycling Computers, Laptops, and Computer PartsPosted on 19 September 2016
It’s Become More Important Today Than Ever!
To appreciate the importance of computer recycling, it’s important to understand the prevalence of computer usage throughout the world. In North America, it’s estimated that more than 75% of homes have at least one computer. Even more impressive is the fact that the majority of homes have more than one computer. Beyond this, statistics are showing that people are buying an incredible number of new computers every year. All things considered, there is a huge volume of computers, laptops, and computer accessories that are being disposed each year.
In terms of disposal, consumers in the United States alone, disposed of almost half a million tons of computers. The big problem, of course, is that not even half of the disposed computers were properly recycled – and that means that a huge volume went into landfill. And since this volume only takes into account actual computers, it’s hard to imagine how much peripheral equipment was simply thrown into the dump. Just by example, about 600,000 tons of monitors are dumped every year across the USA, and again, only about one-third is properly recycled.
Amongst other problems, “obsolete technology” is primary in the waste equation. Simply put, as new computers and equipment continually arrive on the market, disposing of the old equipment becomes an ever-increasing problem. The numbers are staggering, and recycling is the principal way to attack the problem. Worse still, many consumers have old computers stockpiled, and have no idea what to do with them – they just don’t know how and where to recycle it all. Without recycling, computer equipment disposal poses an environmental disaster.
The positive impacts of recycling computer equipment
There is little argument that recycling computer equipment has a positive impact for all. Beyond the stress on existing landfill sites, there are tons and tons of valuable metals that can be sourced.
- Thousands of tons of lead metal can be recovered
- Efficient access to precious metals and minerals
- Saving tons and tons of unrecoverable fossil fuels
- Recycling and re-using materials creates new jobs
While e-waste remains one of the fastest growing waste categories in North America, it also has remarkable potential for reusing parts and recycling metal, glass, and a wide range of plastics.
Today, the best solution for e-waste is for consumers to become proactive. There’s no shortage of approaches, all of which will address the fundamentals of reducing, re-using, and recycling. Being proactive includes properly recycling any superfluous computer, laptop, or peripheral on hand. And it means sourcing a reliable metal recycling facility that will ensure a responsible approach to e-waste recycling. Tal Metal Inc. is such a facility – specializing in collecting, processing, and distributing metals of all kinds. The company offers recycling services across the country.
When it comes to facilities, Tal Metal Inc. employs the most advanced technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, and modern processes. On site, every effort is made to ensure high quality recycled product; workplace safety and security; and a keen awareness of the environment.