E-cycling is simply the recycling of electronics. Americans produced around 2.5 million tons of e-waste in 2007. Electronics contain lead, mercury and cadmium. These toxins can leak into water systems as well into animal habitats.
Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and authority on waste management at the Natural Resources Defense Council explained "The problem with e-waste is that it is the fastest-growing component of the municipal waste stream worldwide," he said. Asked what he meant by "fastest-growing," Hershkowitz said. "Well, we throw out about 130,000 computers every day in the United States." And he said over 100 million cell phones are thrown out annually. E-cycling can be the green solution for this e-waste which will reduce your carbon footprint.
There are numerous options for consumers who would like to e-cycle:
Now, e-cycling can be as easy as going to a local store and dropping your used electronics off. More and more companies are onboard with e-cycling. I have recycled electronics through Office Depot and Goodwill. Check with your company or school to see if they practice e-cycling. If not, you could start an e-cycling program. It's easy to see that e-cycling is eco-friendly and is very important for a greener and cleaner future.
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The term e-cycling refers to the process of recycling the components or metals contained in used or discarded electronic equipment, otherwise known as electronic waste (e-waste). E-cyclable items include, but are not limited to: televisions, computers, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, telephones and cellular phones, stereos, and VCRs and DVDs. The need for e-cycling facilities has been increasing recently due to technology’s rapid rate of obsolescence.
Some people support e-cycling for ethical reasons. This stance can be traced to the fact that much of e-waste is dumped in developing countries, and people disagree with the environmental and human health hazards that this presents. As an example, groundwater has become so polluted in areas surrounding China’s landfills that water must be shipped in from 18 miles away. By this token, e-cycling helps the environment by avoiding pollution and being a sustainable alternative to disposing of e-waste in landfills.
Another benefit to e-cycling is that valuable materials are retrieved from e-waste that otherwise would have been thrown out. Supporters argue that e-cycling saves taxpayers money, as the financial responsibility would be shifted from the taxpayer to the manufacturers. In taking part in e-cycling, companies would be motivated to use fewer materials in the production process, create longer lasting products, and implement safer, more efficient recycling systems.