PHILADELPHIA – If the holiday season brought you new cellphones, laptops, tablets or other electronics, it’s time to make plans on how to recycle your older items.
An estimated one billion recyclable electronics devices worth approximately $285 billion dollars were sold in 2015. That comes out to be about three million pounds of electronics that could be recycled.
Don’t put your old electronics out with the trash. Think green this year and take steps to help protect the environment by either donating or recycling your older electronics.
Recycling electronics — also known as E-cycling— keeps harmful toxins out of the waste stream, recovers valuable materials, conserves virgin resources, and results in lower emissions (including greenhouse gases) than making products from virgin materials.
Donating your older electronics to individuals or organizations helps conserve resources and natural materials. However, it is important to make sure you are donating and/or recycling electronics safely and correctly:
Before donating or recycling your used electronics:
• For your computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand new product.
• Delete all personal information from your electronics.
• Remove any batteries from your electronics that may need to be recycled separately.
When we look at the big picture here is why E-cycling makes a difference. For every one-million cell phones recycled, we can recover:
• 35,274 pounds of copper
• 772 pounds of silver
• 75 pounds of gold
• 33 pounds of palladium
The energy saved is enough to power 19,000 U.S. households for a year.
Here are some tips on how you can become an E-cycler:
• Visit your new product manufacturer’s website to see if they have an E-cycling program. Many major electronics manufacturers and retailers are partnering with EPA to recycle electronic equipment for free or a small fee.
• Another option is to contact your local city, municipality, or solid waste district to see if they will be sponsoring collection events for electronics.
• You may also be able to locate recyclers and collection sites near you by checking websites like: www.earth911.org, or by calling 1-800-CLEANUP, to find collection sites and events in your ZIP code.
For more information on how and where to E-Cycle go to: