There is one day each year that draws everyone’s attention to the harmful effects of pollutants, toxins, and hazardous waste on the environment…and that day is today, Earth Day!
Every year, people use today to both celebrate the earth as well as to help raise awareness about the devastating effects that environmental pollutants have on our planet.
Here at 4THBIN, we like to think that everyday is Earth Day.
One of the primary motivations behind our work is offering an outlet for the responsible recycling of e-waste to individuals who understand the consequences due to haphazard electronic disposal and want to minimize their impact on the environment. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people are not aware of the destructive forces hidden inside their computers and cell phones.
In the spirit of Earth Day, we feel it is our responsibility to not only offer an environmentally friendly outlet for e-waste disposal, but also to take this opportunity to inform our community why it is so important to reduce and recycle e-waste. A few things to consider:
Electronics are full of toxins that are damaging to human health. Poisons such as Arsenic and Antimony, carcinogens like dioxins and cadmium, and nervous system toxins like lead and mercury are abundant in electronics. Frequently, e-waste is shipped to 3rd world countries like Ghana and Nigeria where men, women and children are tasked with de-constructing the waste, exposing themselves to the dangerous chemicals.
The level of toxic waste found in electronics is truly alarming. In fact, e-waste contributes to just 2% of the total trash in American landfills, but contains over 70% of the toxic waste in landfills.
The advantages of recycling e-waste are not limited to reducing the amount of waste and toxic chemicals in landfills around the world,. The recycling process also allows many of the valuable resources used in the production of electronics to be re-used. This means there is a diminished need for mining and other production costs.
Did you know it takes around 530 lbs. of fossil fuels, 48 lbs. of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to produce just one computer and monitor? Recycling electronics minimizes the American consumer’s energy dependence. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
As globalization increases and the demand for electronics rises, the need for responsible electronic recycling outlets will only grow. The human effects on climate change have become indisputable, and it’s up to each and every one of us to continue to reduce our impact on the environment. Responsible e-waste & computer recycling is just one step on the path towards a cleaner and greener planet Earth.