If you are considering the idea of recycling your electronics and/or purchasing recycled goods, we hope the following will inspire you to make the best decision for planet earth:
1. 80 to 85 percent of electronics are discarded into landfills or incinerated (releasing toxins into the air).
2. Between 20 and 50 million metric tons of e-waste is disposed of worldwide each year.
3. E-waste represents 70 percent of the toxic waste in the U.S. Sadly enough; lead found within electronics can contribute to central and peripheral nervous system damage.
4. Did you know that cell phones and other electronics devices often contain high amounts of precious metals such as silver and gold? Americans alone dump an estimated 60 million in gold/silver each year.
5. Most LTO tape can be recycled, earning a substantial amount of cash.
6. Recycling one million laptops has the power to save energy equivalent to more than 3,600 homes in the U.S. a year.
7. The majority of what is labeled “e-waste” can be reused. Thus, it isn’t waste at all.
8. Did you know it takes 539 pounds of fossil fuel to manufacture a single computer and monitor?
9. The majority of equipment used within a data center can be recycled including tape, disk array, tape drives, and peripherals.
At Big Data Supply we take e-waste very seriously. This is why we regularly educate the general public as to the importance of correctly disposing of and/or recycling electronics.
Our recycling team recommends the following with regard to your electronics:
1. Consider each and every item you own recyclable until you are told by a professional it isn’t. And even then, you may want to get a second or third opinion.
2. Realize that your old electronics may be work money. For example, we pay competitive rates for working data storage tape, tape disk drives, peripherals, and more.
3. Tell your friends about the importance of recycling. If you see a friend throwing away electronics, either educate them on e-waste or offer to find a recycler for them.
We invite you to contact our offices if you have any questions about recycling. And once again, please pass on the above e-waste statistics.
It’s about time we human beings take the health of the planet seriously! Join us in our effort to make people and organizations more aware.