We all know that recycling is a great idea. Plastic, glass and paper can all be reused, cutting down on the resources and energy used to make them, and the pollution that occurs when they are simply thrown out. Recycling old electronics is a good idea, too. Old cell phones, cameras, computers and small household appliances can be recycled safely and properly, but many aren’t. Much of this e-waste ends up in landfills, causing a lot more than an eyesore. Many electronics are made with heavy metals, and in large concentrations (like around landfills), these materials can have serious effects on human health.
There is good news, though. Many entities, including electronics manufacturers and the government, are coming together to make it easy to recycle your gadgets, disposing of them and their components in a safe and responsible manner. Best Buy, for example, will take your unwanted items, even if you did not purchase them from a Best Buy, and recycle them for you. There are many programs like this for recycling–or “e-cycling”–and many organizations are taking it very seriously. This week, we’ve rounded up some videos dealing with e-waste and e-cycling for your consideration. So before you chuck out that old laptop, remember where it might go.
Electronic Waste in Ghana
Eliminating Electronic Waste in Our Landfills
Responsible e-waste recycling: Basel Action Network E-Waste Film
E-waste recycling: Giving new life to an old PC
E-Scrap Recycling (Electronic Waste)