Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Overcoming our e-waste problem

Americans discarded roughly 424 million consumer electronics in 2013, according to the EPA. That includes mobile phones, televisions, computers and other devices, some of which contain hazardous materials such as cadmium, lead and mercury. This is problematic because these toxins can leak from the devices into drinking water supplies and contaminate soil.  Turtle Wings is dedicated to overcoming our e-waste problem by offering compliant electronics recycling services.  As an R2 and ISO certified company, our vision and pledge includes a no landfill policy, complete downstream accountability and ensuring that electronics recycling services are available for large corporations down to residential pick-ups and drop-offs. Our focus area is Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C., but we do offer nationwide data destruction and electronics recycling options.

One challenge in overcoming our e-waste problem is America’s reluctance to part with mobile phones, laptops, computers, tablets and other gizmos – sometimes called “gadget hoarding”.  A simple definition of this is having a stash of old electronic devices that you probably never will use again, but yet keep them anyway.  Most people replace their still functional products with new products, but still hold onto that old device which reduces efforts to manage e-waste.   At Turtle Wings, our year round focus is on creating green communities by offering compliant and certified electronics recycling services as well as staying informed of the statistics and facts relevant to the electronics recycling industry.

E-waste is valuable as a source of secondary raw material but also toxic if disposed of improperly.  Due to rapid technology change, obsolescent items have created a fast growing mass of electronic waste around the globe.  Turtle Wings is a full scale electronics recycler committed to the environment and overcoming our e-waste problem.  Turtle Wings recycles computers, keyboards, laptops, printers, monitors, and any other type of electronic or metal device.  A complete listing of our Acceptable Items is available on our website.