May 19, 2014

How much e-waste could be recycled?

Every year, tons and tons of e-waste such as TVs, computers, printers, keyboard, cell phones, etc., is discarded by the public. However, the United States Environmental Protection Agency points out that “a great deal of what is labeled as ‘e-waste’ is actually not waste at all; rather, it is whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.” This is where Vintage Tech Recyclers come in!

how much e-waste could be recycled?

So exactly how much e-waste could be recycled?

In 2009, this number was estimated to be about 2.37 million tons. Tons. With the standard household averaging between 20-30 electronics and/or appliances, it’s easy to see why this number is so high. However, of that nearly two and a half tons, about 75-80% of electronics eligible for recycle were discarded in landfills. 

What does this mean for our health and environment?

According to the US EPA, “Electronics are complex devices which are made of a wide variety of material constituents. Some of the constituents, such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury, could pose risks to human health and the environment if mismanaged at their end-of-life.” Some of those constituents are also known or probable carcinogens. It is imperative that these cancer-causing agents are handled properly to ensure the health of not only ourselves, but also future generations. Not only would recycling electronics benefit our health, but it would also help out the earth as well. For example, the EPA states that “recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in one year.” That’s HUGE!

What can you do?

You can recycle! It’s startling to see how much e-waste could be recycled but simply ends up in landfills. You can change that! For eligible residents of Will County, IL, you can fill out our form or give us a call at

, and we can come pick up your old or unwanted electronics right from your front door! You can contribute to helping our planet thrive without ever leaving the comfort of your own home! You can also check out our Facebook and Twitter for electronic recycling events and electronics drop-off sites near your community!

*All quotes from US EPA FAQ page