Every day, massive amounts of phones, appliances, and other electronic garbage (e-waste) end up in landfills, despite the fact that the majority of it is recyclable.
E-waste recycling includes obsolete televisions, refrigerators, lighting, and even hearing aids that are no longer needed and plug into a power outlet or run on batteries.
Because Australia is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of e-waste, any effort made to recycle electronic garbage at home and at work is beneficial.
Here are five benefits of e-waste recycling:
- It safeguards the environment
E-waste recycling helps to keep a variety of hazardous materials out of the environment.
Lighting, such as fluorescent tubes and lamps, contains poisonous mercury, which can leech into waterways when discarded.
When lighting is recycled, however, the mercury is recovered and used safely in goods such as dental amalgam.
Batteries, which can contain lead, mercury, or cadmium, are the same way.
When a lead-acid battery is recycled, for example, the plastic parts and poisonous lead are reused, while the sulphuric acid is neutralised and transformed into sodium sulphate, which is used to manufacture fertiliser and detergent.
- It lowers the cost of doing business.
E-waste recycling is not only helpful for the environment, but it may also help a company’s bottom line.
Most state and territory governments have now made e-waste recycling more attractive by raising the cost of disposal or outright prohibiting it.
There are also some intangible benefits to recycling, such as reduced future costs of non-renewable resources and improved employee morale and retention.
- It encourages the recycling of nonrenewable resources.
The expanding demand for electrical devices and appliances necessitates the mining and processing of a variety of metals and other non-renewable resources.
Many of the materials used to produce cellphones, appliances, and other e-waste, on the other hand, can be reused.
Steel, aluminium, copper, and gold are among these resources, as are enormous amounts of plastic that may be recycled into new items.
After you’ve finished with your item, recycling e-waste puts these materials back to work, but dumping e-waste in a landfill means additional resources will be dug up to manufacture your next laptop or TV.
- It demonstrates your environmental sensitivity.
Employees are more desirous of working for companies that care about the environment and the community.
Recycling is a simple and concrete approach for your company to demonstrate its commitment to social and environmental values while also reinforcing those values among employees.
Ecocycle produces recycling certificates that show off your accomplishments while also outlining how your company is doing in terms of meeting its own green goals.
- Recycling e-waste is a breeze.
It’s never been easier to recycle e-waste.
You can drop off an old phone, TV, or other household item at a variety of locations and businesses.
The Recycling Near You website can help you identify a drop-off location for small amounts of e-waste.
Ecocycle can assist organisations of all sizes with commercial-scale e-waste recycling programmes if you are a business wishing to get your workplace recycling e-waste.
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