August 29, 2012

Why Recycle?

Back before things like cell phones, iPads, and laptops were both widely available and seen wherever you go, few people even though about the need to recycle them.


Yet, technology is one of the fastest growing sources of harmful waste in the planet. This is because with every new update or latest gadget, another one is just around the corner. Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and society’s desire to have the latest and greatest items leads to many older electronics being tossed aside, long before they have reached the end of their product lifespan.


While there is a very high turnover rate for new technology, the matter is made worse by the fact that electronics contain toxic materials like lead and cadmium. These products also do not biodegrade very easily, if at all. This means that the toxins from electronics can lean out into landfills and contaminate our environment.


Not only that, but electronics also sometimes contain some very valuable materials like gold and silver. When they are tossed out, these materials go to waste.


Once people start to realize the risk of tossing out old electronics, and the benefits of responsibly recycling them, organizations like Vintage Tech started stepping up to the plate and taking care of communities’ recycling needs. Now, many states, including Illinois, are beginning to outlaw electronics in landfills. With that, they are partnering with certified recyclers like us to make sure that opportunities for recycling are both plentiful and convenient. 


Now that society is becoming more aware of the risks of tossed-out electronics, we can all help keep our environment green by being responsible recyclers. Follow Vintage Tech to continue to learn about electronics recycling, what you can do to help, and when a recycling event may be coming your way!