Upgrading to the newest electronic device is a common occurrence for individuals and businesses alike. The excitement of owning the latest gadget often overshadows the thought of properly and safely disposing of the old device. As a result many electronics end up in storage to be dealt with at a future date. In the United States the environmental protection agency estimates that 99 million obsolete television sets are stored in American homes. These televisions sets along with many more obsolete electronics will never be used again.
Disposing of your electronics in an environmentally friendly manner is the best option to free up valuable space in your home or office. Electronics contain harmful lead, cadmium, mercury and other metals, which should not be sent to the landfill. Although electronic recycling options are more accessible today, including drop off depots with 25 kilometers of most Ontario residence, estimates report as high as 70% of end of life electronics are being mismanaged.
When it comes time to dispose of your outdated computer, crt monitor or other electronic device from home or the office be sure to send them to a local responsible and certified recycler. In Ontario, stewardship programs combined with the commodity value of materials within electronics encourage recyclers to offer a free collection service. Additionally, when disposing of large quantities your recycler may even be able to offer rebates on the material. More importantly only work with certified and responsible recycling company, ensuring your electronics are disposed of in a manner safe to the environment.”