Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Three Interesting Electronic Recycling Facts

With electronic recycling becoming increasingly crucial to the future of the planet, recovering mobile phones, and recycling old computers, televisions, printers and other electronic goods should be a priority for those that want to improve their ecological footprint. When considering the importance of e-waste recycling, it’s worth remembering some of these more unusual electronic recycling facts from around the world, which illustrate the ongoing need for everyone to make an effort to conserve and properly recycle their electronic items. At Turtle Wings, our year round focus is on creating green communities by offering certified and compliant electronics recycling services as well as staying informed of the statistics and facts relevant to the electronics recycling industry. Turtle Wings has identified the following three interesting electronic recycling facts that we thought were worth passing along to our many customers and readers:

• Only 20% of mobile phones are recycled each year, which is amazing when you consider that over a billion phones are sold every year, and that people tend to replace their phone every 18 months. Mobile phones are not only valuable in terms of the precious metals they contain, which include gold and silver, but through their resale and recycling value.

• Each year, over 125 million kg of e-waste ends up in U.S. landfills. Of that, 4.3 million kg is lead, a toxic material. Again, the environmental damage caused by electronic waste comes down to the high volume of precious materials that, when released from their component parts, can seep into the earth and the atmosphere. The same problems are created by plasma televisions and LCD screens that are needlessly dumped.

• Only 2% of old PCs are currently being rebuilt, which is a staggering fact when you consider how straightforward it can be to put an old computer to use, rather than simply throwing it away. A PC can either be wiped and sold onto a new buyer, or stripped down for its parts. Like other electronic goods, the recycling value of a PC largely comes down to its plastic and metal components, and to the precious metals that make up its circuitry.

Recycling electronics with Turtle Wings benefits the environment and protects public health. As an R2 certified electronics recycler, we have an internationally approved environmental, health and safety management system. Our processes are both certified and compliant with all local, state and federal regulations. The three interesting electronic recycling facts mentioned are just a small indicator of the community’s great need for Turtle Wings services.