Why You Should Recycle Your Electronic Waste

 Whether it’s for your home or business, you have probably found yourself dealing with electronic waste. Businesses and families have been using and relying on personal electronics and devices for the last 20 years, meaning 20 years’ worth of electronic waste piling up. It might seem easy to just throw the e-waste away, but the safe and responsible way to dispose of your electronic waste is to hire a professional, like Patriot Shredding, who can help to properly recycle it.

 

If you are unsure if recycling is actually necessary or not, here’s some reasons why you should recycle your electronic waste:

 

1.       Health & Safety Concerns

When electronics aren’t disposed of properly, they end up in landfills which can lead to serious pollution in that surrounding area. Electronic devices are made up of several different types of dangerous metals and materials that can contaminate soil and water when improperly disposed of. Water and soil nearby landfills with electronic waste often show signs of chemical leaching and test positive for poisonous material such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. This is becoming a real issue, with the amount of electronic waste currently present in landfills, that other professionals are talking about the health concerns as well.

 

At Patriot Shredding, we work with a number of R2 certified vendors to ensure that all recoverable materials are either recycled or upcycled. R2 certified vendors are overseen by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to ensure that they’re adhering to the R2 standard of best responsible recycling practices.

 

2.       Landfills Are Filling Up

The protection of our environment is a conversation that comes up often, but one large conversation that is not spoken about enough is how much landfills are filling up with electronic waste. According to a 2019 UN Environment Report, the world produces around 50 million tons of electronic waste a year and only an estimated 20% of that waste is formally recycled. Others within the technology community are also speaking about this environmental issue and the large amount of electronic devices being created and thrown away after a short amount of time.

 

Patriot Shredding is committed to providing responsible disposal that keeps our landfills free of environmental hazards associated with e-waste. By ensuring that you or your business is responsibly recycling your e-waste, you can help reduce the amount of electronic ending up in landfills.

 

3.       Privacy & Security

The last reason you should recycle your electronic waste is for your privacy and security. This is a topic that Patriot Shredding takes seriously – so seriously, it’s in our motto: “Defending Your Right To Privacy”. By properly recycling your e-waste, you’re ensuring that all parts of your device are properly destroyed – including your sensitive information.

 

In addition to electronics recycling, Patriot Shredding also offers hard drive shredding. Meaning, if you have any old electronics devices containing hard drives, Patriot Shredding will be able to securely shred the hard drive and responsibly recycle the device, thus ensuring your privacy and security.

 

There are many other reasons why you should be recycling your e-waste, but we believe these are three of the biggest ones. At Patriot Shredding, we want to make sure that properly disposing of your electronic waste is easy and convenient for your home or business. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. 

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