We never think our electronics as hazardous to the environment when we buy them or use them. However, all electronic items contain many metals, like mercury and lead, that are very harmful to our environment. You should never throw your electronic items in the trash. Many people wonder, however, how can they get rid of their old electronic items without harming the environment. Following are the things everyone should know about electronics recycling.
First, try to donate your old electronic item to the people or organizations that might use them. This is not disposing of, but it good for the people as well as the environment. People in need can use these old electronics items instead of buying new ones. This will help them financially, and it will also reduce the need for manufacturing new electronic items.
Donating old electronics is one solution, but it is not always possible. What if the electronic items are no more usable? In this scenario, there is nothing we can do at home. We have to rely on professional services that have the resources to do proper electronics recycling. Many government agencies do proper recycling. They break apart each part in the electronics and then recycle or dispose of in the best possible way.
There are some commercial services as well. They specialize in electronics recycling. Some of them are free if you drop the electronics to their collection points but charge some fee for picking up the electronic items from your home.
The most important thing on your part is to check if the electronics disposal company is a legitimate one. A legitimate company will dispose of the electronics according to the EPA guidelines with minimum harm to the environment. An illegitimate company, however, will just strip the valuable parts and throw away the other parts, which will destroy our environment..