Author Elizabeth Wilmot

The Effects of Not Recycling Computers

The speed with which consumers use and replace electronic devices is staggering: According to the United Nations Environmental Programme, 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste are generated worldwide every year, with 5.5 tons composed of computers, cell phones and televisions. The rapid increase in e-waste makes it necessary for manufacturers and municipalities to encourage computer recycling or reuse. Authorized e-waste recyclers in the United States collect more than 100 million pounds of obsolete electronics every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but much more is simply thrown away. Recycling such electronic waste has numerous benefits — and not recycling computers poses serious threats to the environment. As an R-2 certified recycler, Turtle Wings offers responsible computer and electronics recycling services backed by an approved environmental, health and safety management system. Our electronics recycling services are to help lessen the effects of not recycling computers for anyone from residential customers to Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.

• E-waste packs landfills with reusable or recoverable materials and takes up space needed for non-recyclable products.

• Computers indisputably contain toxic metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. If computers are discarded in improperly managed landfills, the metals could leach into the ground surrounding the dump site. The resulting pollution could affect groundwater and the flora and fauna that depend on it.

• Computer infrastructure also contains valuable metals such as gold, copper and platinum. Throwing away computers forces manufacturers to expend energy and resources to find raw materials for new products.

• Consumers may discard computers that are outdated in favor of newer models, even if they’re still in good working condition. This practice denies the benefits of technology to secondary users such as schools, nonprofit organizations, small businesses or students.

Turtle Wings is a large computer recycler, but our certified and compliant offerings extend beyond computers. We accept and recycle anything metal or electronic in full compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. (See our list of Acceptable Items). Turtle Wings is a full scale electronics recycler committed to the environment and improving the electronics recycling industry overall. We are always on the lookout for new electronics recycling statistics and information pertinent to the industry because we are serious about keeping the environment clean from e-waste and assisting the communities we serve to build a larger Green initiative. With the global e-scrap volume expected to triple by 2019, Turtle Wings is committed to providing superior electronics recycling services.