Unfortunately, far too much of the everyday technology items we use wind up in landfills and pollute the environment. From old computers and outdated monitors to fax machines, cell phones and servers, plus much more, we can come take it all away to ensure tech junk is recycled properly.
Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, serves as a welcome reminder that we all have a responsibility to help keep the environment in which we live clean.
According to DoSomething.org, the country’s largest nonprofit for young people and social change, an incredible 80 to 85 percent of tech junk, or e-waste, winds up in landfills or incinerators, that can release toxic gases into the air. The organization says, “E-waste represents 2 percent of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.
And, to further drive this important message home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a list of great resources on basic information about reducing and recycling electronics:
Where You Live, provides information about regional and State eCycling programs
Where Can I Donate or Recycle My Old Computer and Other Electronics? lists organizations and retailers with donation and recycling programs
There is also a link to Statistics on the Management of Used and End-of-Life Electronics
For more facts about e-waste, here is a link to DoSomething.org’s fact sheet on the topic: 11 Facts About E-Waste.
This spring season, let’s help each other out by reminding friends, colleagues and associates to reduce their tech trash. CMIT Solutions is just a quick call or e-mail away and we’ll come by to make sure it is recycled properly and all harmful materials are disposed of with minimal environmental impact.
Let CMIT Solutions Take Out Your “Tech Trash”
If you are considering a crackdown on the clutter this April and old technology items are on their way out with the trash, please consider calling CMIT Solutions first. We’ll come take away your “tech junk.”