Environmental Benefits

Much of the electronic waste thrown out each year contains both hazardous and non hazardous materials. In order to recycle this type of waste, care must be taken to protect workers and prevent hazardous chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and toxic fire-retardants from being released into the environment.

Many consumers and businesses are not interested in spending money to haul a few items to a processing center and then paying a hazardous materials disposal fee to drop them off. Instead, they throw items out with the trash and they end up in a landfill. This is unfortunate because rainwater can leach heavy metals and other toxins out of old electronics the same way it does with waste ore from mining operations. This leads to groundwater and soil contamination. Trashing old equipment also causes new materials to be used in new electronics when recycled material could be used, saving money and using less energy.

We are able to take in material without charging a processing fee because we sort items in a way that allows the money we bring in from selling non-hazardous materials like aluminum, steel, and plastics to cover the costs of recycling hazardous materials such as lead and other heavy metals

Additionally, whenever possible we donate useable hardware to organizations that that will put it to use for the good of the community.

Additional information on electronic waste and the hazards associated with it can be found in this Wikipedia Article. (Opens in a new window)

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