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					How Electronics Recycling Is Saving the Earth

Electronic recycling is simply recycling non-functional electronic
devices by rescuing the parts that still work and using it for other
purposes. This has been a practice to help in the drive to minimize
electronic wastes.

With almost everything being electrically run these days, the pile of
electronic wastes is becoming a problem. All electronic devices are
generally classified as hazardous if to be disposed just like a normal
garbage. In many countries in the United States, there are laws strictly
regulating the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) and mandating its
reuse and recycle to save mother earth. Recycling and reusing are
expected to minimize the trash generated from all these manufactured
electronic devices which useful life has already come to an end.

How to recycle e-waste

Recycling of e-wastes should be done by a company that specializes in
such a task. There are many recycling companies to choose from, but
before choosing, you have to make sure the company is operating under
strict environmental compliance. The recycling company you should choose
is a company that has certifications from regulating bodies like the
special body that issues ISO certification.

Electronics recycling is a complex process. It is more complex than what
you imagine when recycling plastics, bottles and other common wastes. If
you surrender an electronic device that no longer works, the recycling
company will take the parts that can still be used. For example: a non-
functional television. A television is made of so many parts including
valuable metals like copper. This copper may be used for another purpose
like when repairing other devices that need copper replacement. More than
90 percent of an electronic device can be recycled and reused in a
thousand of other ways.

Preparing the e-waste for recycling would need segregation of its parts.
Most companies include this in their job. Segregating on your own is not
advisable. You might encounter some parts that need special handling to
avoid poisoning or other possible accidents.

What to do with the parts that cannot be used?

More than 90 percent only of an electronic device can be recycled. If so,
then "what happens to the rest?" is probably your question.

The rest of the parts of a television, for example, that cannot be
recycled should not be easily disposed. They are still considered
hazardous wastes so proper disposal is strictly required. Many devices
contain mercury. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is toxic
to humans. The parts that cannot be recycled may contain mercury. This is
why households are warned against improper disposal of electronic wastes
to prevent possible mercury contamination. Mercury has a lot of use, but
if not carefully handled may cause a great damage to the environment.
Electronic wastes maybe just a few percent of the total waste generated
everyday. But it represents more than 70 percent of the total hazardous
wastes that go to landfills and dump sites. Electronics recycling has
done a great job in minimizing e-wastes for the safety of the public and
for saving on resources.

				
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