Electronic recycling is the separation and disassembly of electronic components and raw materials in the form of scrap electronics. E-cycling is eco-friendly since it prevents dangerous waste, such as carcinogens and heavy metals, from being sent to landfills or waterways. The electronics, in the form of broken or obsolete mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, and other electronic devices can be recycled using special converters that break down the electronic components into the appropriate materials. This recycling helps reduce the burden on natural resources and helps in reducing the negative impact on the environment.
One important thing that all electronic recyclers must know is the importance of identity theft prevention. With the increasing cases of identity theft in the US, it is imperative for people to learn about what steps they need to take to prevent identity theft and how they can reduce the risk. Some of these steps include maintaining a secure home computer and using protective passwords to secure your online accounts. Make sure that all documents, papers are properly destroyed or shredded. You should be aware of the possibilities of e-mail viruses that could infiltrate your computer system and destroy files.
There are two methods of disposing of electronic waste one is through identity theft and the other is through data destruction. Identity theft occurs when hackers steal personal information such as credit card numbers and social security numbers from your computer. They use these data to make purchases online. Most people who experience identity theft find that their credit cards are unusable for weeks while the thief can obtain other personal and financial information. In the case of data destruction, recyclers shred the electronic waste rather than throw it in a landfill.
Aside from the prevention of identity theft and data destruction, electronic recycling helps lessen the pressure on the environment. Electronic waste can be used to create new products such as batteries and computers. Because electronic waste can be reprocessed, a large number of helpful materials are saved. This leads to the lessening of landfills and the danger of global warming. Studies have shown that the use of electronic waste for the production of new electronic items has saved up to 70% of the energy needed to produce these items.
There are still many environmental issues to face regarding the waste generated by electronic manufacturing. However, the issue of electronic recycling is becoming more visible due to the increase in the number of electronic devices being produced worldwide. In the end, it proves that the focus on minimizing the impact of electronics recycling can only bring benefits to mankind.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is a R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for electronic recycling in Tampa.