Electronics Dumping Is A Problem and USMe has a Solution
E-waste and the connection to Landfills:
Did you know that even as the numbers for recycling electronics and everything else in the world are going up, there is still more e-waste that is ending up within the landfills or being incinerated than what is actually being recycled in the first place? With that being said, most of what know about e-waste comes from the estimates made by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency. They do their best to get more information with each passing year, but there is still not enough to have a solid amount of data in the United States when it comes to e-waste.
The most recent data they have was released during the summer of 2015 for the year of 2013. It shows how throughout the United States there was more than 3,140,000 tons of e-waste, and only forty percent of that was recycled. This is ten percent more being recycled than what was recycled the year before in the year of 2012, which was only thirty percent. These rates are a bit hard to believe because there are so many different electronics out there and more being made on a daily basis–models that are already on the market as well as versions that are new and waiting to be released.
Some things to think about or keep in mind:
The new electronic devices that are being made currently are helping out a lot with this issue, because they are getting lighter in weight as well as thinner in size. With that being said, the number of products we are retiring and buying is going up as well; however, the rates of e-waste recycling keeps going up because there are more states creating laws that enforce e-waste recycling. Then, there are some manufacturers that have programs for recycling e-waste that are voluntary. Options like this help consumers realize the good of recycling, and it makes it a lot easier for them to do so, because to them they aren’t really going out of their way. Recycling companies like USMe do their part as well, “by providing recycling opportunities through permanent drop off locations, preventing the desperate solution of fly dumping.” Brian Dickerson, General Manager, states: “People want to do the right thing, but if it is difficult, they will choose the easiest option over the difficult one.”
As of right now, the EPA states that more than sixty percent of discarded electronics are still ending up in the trash. The states that have laws for this are doing a tremendous job to help out, but there are still states that don’t have laws to make it illegal to throw out e-waste. These states are what allow the chemicals from these hazardous items leach out from the landfills into the streams and water under the ground. Harm like this is what recycling e-waste is all about; to help people and the environment so there is no harm to their health, the air, the water, the soil or anything else. At the end, when it comes to e-waste, know that the main items are TVs, DVD players, VCRs, video cameras, telephones, stereo systems, computer equipment and more. To get rid of these electronics, contact your local recycling company, like USMe. In 2014, USMe prevented over 10M pounds of electronics from entering Illinois landfills, and are on track to accomplish even more in 2015.
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of FreeRecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with USMe, states that: “USMe is becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to USMe to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote recycling companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.
For more information on e-waste recycling in IL contact:
Company Name: USMe
Address: 321 N. Artesian
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