That new phone in your pocket has a hidden cost you might now be aware of. E-waste is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world, with an estimated 48.5 million tons that were put in landfills in 2018 according to a report from the World Economic Forum.
Recycling used electronic devices will play a major role in reducing pressure on our environment and landfills. Since old electronic devices contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, proper recycling is essential to ensure that these materials are disposed of properly and not released into the environment. Another solution is to trade in your used electronic devices that are still in working order to be refurbished and reused. Most cell phone companies and retail electronics stores will take your trade in to apply a credit towards that new phone you’ve had your eye on. The environment also benefits, as the secondary market helps keep the old gear out of landfills.
Have e-waste that you need to recycle? Dell will be sponsoring free e-waste recycling at Dumpster Days at Recycle Utah on October 24-26 for you to drop off your items. A few common e-waste items that can be recycled are Televisions, Computers and Monitors, Cell Phones, Printers and Electronics Cables.
Recycle Utah, a community nonprofit and drop-off recycling center, provides these weekly tips. Visit recycleutah.org for more information.