Do you know where to find an electronic drop off for recycling? Understanding how and where electronics can be recycled is important as these devices often contain dangerous chemicals and metals. When electronics end up in landfills, those chemicals and metals can leach, or enter the soil, moving down through the bedrock with the rains, and enter our waterways, poisoning the environment. With enough dedication from people like the families at Woodstock Elementary School in Oregon, we can make sure electronic devices are recycled properly and preserve our beautiful planet.
Calbag Metals would like to thank Woodstock Elementary for holding a wildly successful Electronics Recycling Drive. Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters, and participants. Woodstock Elementary earned $226.85 which they plan to use for other Green Initiative programs. Here is the tally of what was collected and recycled:
The life cycle of electronic products:
Raw or virgin materials such as oil, iron, gold, palladium, platinum, copper are found in all electronics. They play crucial roles in products affecting our daily lives. These elements and materials are mined from the earth, transported and processed. These activities use large amounts of energy and produce greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and a drain on our natural resources. Sourcing these materials from recycled electronics save natural resources, conserve energy and reduce pollution.
Used electronics are collected at community drop-off points, through manufacturer mail- in take back and warranty programs and at certain electronics retailers. After collection, reusable electronics are refurbished and resold, and recyclables are sent to recovery facilities to be sorted, cleaned and processed into materials that can be used in manufacturing.
Modern landfills are facilities designed to receive specific kinds of waste, including municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and hazardous waste. They are not designed to accept electronic devices. Once in landfills, the precious metals and other materials in these products cannot be recovered and the dangerous chemicals and metals within can enter our environment.
Know where to find an electronic drop off near you.
Domestic recycling includes sorting, dismantling, mechanical separation and recovery of valuable materials. Recycling of used electronics can yield materials (e.g., gold, copper, glass, aluminum) that can be returned to the supply chain to be used again, reducing raw materials used and the overall need for disposal. Over time, better and more efficient recycling technologies can be developed.
For more information about electronic recycling you can visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website at https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling.
Remember, with your help and commitment to recycle as much as possible, we can ensure we have a clean and healthy planet for generations to come.