Solutions for E-Waste Problems & Ways to Recycle

Ever since technology rose to a higher degree of progress, more and more electronic devices were developed; each with a new feature or high quality including computers, laptops, tablets, televisions, LED light bulbs and home appliances. It was not such a bad thing until the problem of electronic wastes damaging the entire ecosystem got bigger getting the least possible attention. What about the older discarded electronic devices that are still capable of getting recycled? The question remained unanswered. Are there any ways to reduce the e-waste impact on the environment? Yes, there are.

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How can the E-waste problem be solved?

According to EPA, over 250 million computers only, are to be considered outdated within the coming half-decade, thus; all going to waste. The problem is evident enough for the solutions to already get worked on. This problem can be controlled if these solutions are considered;

1. Recycling

The first and the foremost solution to this problem is recycling. Mainly because the rate of e-wastes getting recycled per year is only 12.5% which is very low as compared to the rate of new electronic devices getting manufactured each year. The best and the most effective solution for this problem is a proper recycling of the wasted electronic devices. But how exactly do you recycle your outdated electronic devices?

It is not possible to dismantle or put the e-wastes to a good use all by yourself. Which is why legal and designated companies such as EPA E-Waste, IBM, HP, and New Tech Recycling, which have the right resources and professional experiences to reuse or discard these wastes are at your service. The most you can do is call for their services and allow them to take away your electronic wastes. There are also a number of websites which can provide you services for picking up and recycling your e-wastes such as International Association of Electronics Recyclers, Electronic Reducing Initiative, Electronic Industry Alliance, etc.

2. Donating

Do you have a phone that works perfectly alright but you want to get a new updated model of it? It is likely that once we get a new electronic device, we stop using the old one which ends up in the waste. The impact of e-waste can be reduced at large if these devices are donated to schools and foundations where the children can learn and use these devices. You can also pass your operable devices to a friend or family members who can use these devices which is absolutely a better option than throwing it into the trash. There are nonprofitable foundations and websites such as the Technology Training Foundation and Goodwill where you can donate your usable devices. You can give your equipment for resale purposes as well as recycling and donation. 

3.  Get Professional Companies Involved

Not only can you get the e-waste recycling assistance from the websites but you can get businesses and companies take charge of all your worries about reducing the impact of e-waste materials and saving the world. Including the shipping, the IBM PC Recycling Services are known for allowing people to recycle any electronic devices mainly computers and cell-phones for a small payment. A lot of other similar companies such as Hewlett Packard offers their services for this problem too. 

However, as far as this problem is considered, the numbers of e-waste getting recycled are slowly increasing. If we start focusing on reducing the impact e-wastes have on Earth as much as we do on creating new electronic devices, the negative impact of e-waste can be reduced to a great degree.