Every year, people throw away millions of tons of electronics which can end up in landfill, leaching toxins into the earth and wasting precious resources.
Here in the UK, the crossed out wheelie bin shows that an item should be recycled and NOT put into landfill. Electronics can go to certified waste facilities where they can be sorted, refurbished and reused or broken down for parts.
Next time you are ready to toss your printer ink or batteries in the bin, remember they can actually be recycled!
WHERE DOES E-WASTE END UP?
When you get a new smartphone, computer, or tablet, you have to dispose of the device that you no longer need. But, where does your electronic waste go once you get rid of it? It turns out that it depends on how you choose to dispose of it. Here are some of the places your waste could turn up:
If you choose to toss your old electronics in the trash instead of disposing of them properly, they will most likely end up in a landfill. Electronic waste currently accounts for 2% of the trash found in U.S. landfills, however it also accounts for 70% of the overall toxic waste.