Electronics are one of the fastest growing "waste streams" of the trash that is produced annually in the United States. Every year we buy 500 million new electronic devices – computers, televisions, smart phones, iPads, iPods and more – to replace, upgrade or update older equipment. Unfortunately, the 'work life' of these electronics is very short, often less than five years, generating a veritable tsunami of more than 3 million tons of e-waste every year. Over 85 percent of this e-waste turns into a complex, toxic waste stream that ends up in our landfills. An additional 11 percent is exported overseas, often ending up in poor communities in developing countries, posing long-term risks to human health and the environment.
As the demand for recycling of electronics increases, companies that currently provide this service will hire more employees and develop improved processes.
Much of the electronic equipment that is considered obsolete still retains a 'working' life. When refurbished these items can be donated to schools, low-income families, and non-profit agencies. Individuals in particular are being helped by having access to technology, so essential in today’s technological age.
Most electronics contain hazardous or toxic materials which can cause an environmental problem if discarded in the trash. At Surplus Buyers, a e-Stewards recycler, we do not send any electronics to landfill or ship overseas to under-developed nations. In this way we are able to prevent people and the environment from being exposed to substances like lead and mercury.
Contact us today at 1 (713) 299-9209 for more information about our technology recycling services.