By: Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Urban Sustainability Agent
Technology gifts and gadgets are always high priority items on everyone’s wish list. Did you get that new iPod Touch you wanted or maybe it was the iPad, LED-LCD TV or new computer? Whichever electronic item you received for the holidays, what will you do with the old item that you are not using? Did you think about recycling it?
Oftentimes, we choose to upgrade an electronic item because newer technology means more service and repair opportunities since older models are phased out. It also means better technological quality since new electronic items contain the latest advancements.
Electronic waste or e-waste is on the rise since our technology rapidly becomes obsolete because of research and application advancements. E-waste is not just a local problem; it’s a global problem too!
Recycling e- waste is sometimes referred to as e-cycling and although it is not your only option for disposal, it certainly is a good one. When it comes to electronic items, there are a number of different options and these depend on the condition of the item. If your item is in good, working order then think about using it solely for video games, donating it to a local recreation center or selling it.
Remember, e-waste does contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury and cadmium and this is why your electronic items should be entrusted to professional recyclers. Use the links and resources below to find out more about e-waste and e-cycling options in your community.