Did you know that our electronic devices contain highly valuable metals? In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for every 1 million cell phones recycled, we can recover 5,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium. In addition we must consider the plastic and glass components they also contain. All of these resources require mining or manufacturing which can cause pollution and destruction of the environment. Recycling these items conserves natural resources that are exploited during the process. In addition, we are keeping toxins, such as cadmium, mercury and lead from landfills where they can leach into the ground, contaminating water sources and threatening communities as well as threatening the health of workers that may improperly handle these toxic items. Any way you look at it, it's easy to see that tossing electronic items like cell phones in the trash is not a responsible decision. Before your next upgrade, find a local E-waste recycling center to take care of that old cell phone or laptop.
Check out this link to find an e-waste recycling center near you: www.ecyclingcentral.com