ICT Asset Recovery Is Solving One Of The Biggest Problems With Electronics Recycling
ARE YOUR ELECTRONICS TOXIC?
Electronic devices and gadgets such as computers, cell phones and TV sets play a very important role in our everyday lives. IT assets help us in communication and entertaining us when necessary. However, electronics contribute to the growing waste that poses serious threats to us because of the harmful contents. Fortunately, recycling companies like ICT Asset Recovery are doing their best to see if these unwanted electronic devices can be managed in a manner that will not adversely affect our environment. Ronnie Deaver, Marketing Manager at ICT, states: “We have done the math, but we keep a tons of equipment and scrap from getting sent to the landfill. Not only do we have a strict ‘no landfill’ policy, but we put extreme emphasis of reusing before recycling.” Deaver further states, “If we think a piece of equipment still has life left in it, you can bet we’ll put it back to use before sending it to be scrapped.” Items still in good shape are resold at lower prices, while those which are damaged or out of use are recycled. All this is done to prevent the environmental and health risks associated with electronic waste. Deaver continues: “Our focus on reusing equipment over recycling helps prevent toxins from being released into the air during both legal and illegal scrapping processes.”
The solution to solving electronic waste problems still lies in product design. This is the process whereby the manufacturers of electronic products use ingredients that are safe for us and our environment. The idea of green electronics was conceived in 2001, when a number of technology leaders decided it was time to reduce the number of harmful contents in electronics. This idea has gone a long way in influencing manufacturers towards embracing raw materials that are not harmful in the manufacture of electronic devices. With rapid changes going on in technology, tomorrow holds both great promises and potential for environmental pollution. These days, electronics that have lasted for two years are considered to have reached their life span. This is because in 2 years, what was manufactured today will be outdated already. Green electronics simply mean those that have been manufactured with the lowest possible amount of toxic materials.
Efforts are being made by organizations to push manufacturers into designing out toxics i.e. replacing toxic materials in their products with non-toxic alternatives. In switching to these less harmful alternatives, the degree of problems caused by toxic materials in electronics can be reduced drastically. Since the introduction of the green electronics idea, major electronics manufacturers have improved their policies and taken greener options for their raw materials. In the future, companies who have not fully embraced this idea will come under scrutiny from consumers, and consumers themselves will prefer to buy environmentally sound equipment. Giant strides have been made in regards this solution, and a strong indicator of that is the decision to remove poly vinyl chloride (PVC) from products. The time for making statements and not taking action is long gone as companies now need to develop more sustainable practices and take steps toward substitution of toxic materials.
If there is any time for such decisions, it is now. The adverse effects of these materials are negatively impacting our health. With the growing awareness of sustainable homes, there is no doubt that embracing this move by manufacturers is a sure way out of many predicaments.
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of RecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with ICT Asset Recovery, states that: “ICT Asset Recovery is becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to ICT Asset Recovery 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.
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Company Name: ICT Asset Recovery
Address: 239 Commercial St.
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