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The Dangers of Electronic Waste

If you have an interest in environmental conservation “electronic waste” is a term you should quickly become familiar with. If you work with any sort of electronics, chances are you have electronic waste. Most people don’t know that they should be disposing of their electronic waste in a responsible manner. Not only for the environment but for your personal security as well.

Dangers of Electronic Waste

When you look at a computer or cell phone, it doesn’t seem to be dangerous. Typically, only the outer casing is visible, but it’s what’s inside that poses a threat to the environment, people and animals. Electronic products are jam-packed with heavy metals, semi-metals and various chemical compounds that can leak into soil and become hazardous. Things like lead, mercury, copper, barium, nickel and even arsenic are all present within a variety of electronic products. As they’re being thrown away or placed in the landfills, the products often break which can expose the inner workings and those dangerous chemicals and metals.

These metals and chemicals may not pose much of a risk in very small doses, because as they are taken in by the body, it works to get rid of them. However, if they are taken in faster than the body can dispose of them, they can be a big risk. Many of these chemicals and metals are known causes of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, impaired cognitive function, damaged organs and more.

Responsibly Disposing of E-Waste

When you dispose of your electronic waste responsibly, you can help remedy this dangerous situation. Our company can pick up your old electronics and recycle them, preventing them from being dumped in a landfill and adding to the mounting problem of electronic waste. Old electronics can be recycled into a variety of new products.  It takes just a few minutes to schedule a drop-off or pick-up, but makes a huge difference as far as conservation goes. Don’t let any more of your electronic waste get shipped off to the landfill, where it could poison the earth for future generations.