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May 30, 2012

Why Should you Recycle your Electronics?

With all of the electronics recycling drop-off bins and events that we provide for businesses and residents all over the country, we at Vintage Tech are excited to see so many people participating in responsible recycling.

 

However, there are still many people out there who are not aware of why it is so important that you recycle your old electronics. That’s why we’ve decided to go over some of the main reasons why all of us should be joining in.

 

Most importantly, electronics can pollute our air and water when they are disposed with regular waste. This is something that we as an industry have just recently become aware of, as e-waste is something that barely existed 20 years ago. Because technology is advancing at such a quick pace, it is now one of the fastest growing sources of pollution.

 

Some of the toxic materials you can find in old electronics are lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and more. Computer monitors alone can contain as much as 4 pounds of lead. When these products are just discarded, the harmful toxins will leak out, which is harmful to both the environment and us.

 

Lastly, when you choose a certified electronics recycler, you are ensuring that any data stored on your devices is completely removed. When you just toss an old computer in the trash, you risk having the right hacker find his or her way to your sensitive information. At Vintage Tech, however, we make sure that anything capable of storing your private data will be completely wiped clean with our government-trusted data security service, Blancco.

 

With so many reasons why you should recycle, it is hard to believe that some people could still put their old laptops in the trash. Share this article with your friends and coworkers to make sure that everyone you know takes part in responsible recycling.