Every day, everyone is connected to technology and electronic devices. Although these devices make our lives easier, many of them are made from rare materials which can lead to a large amount of embodied electricity. This is why reducing electronic waste is important to ensure that we conserve our resources and minimize the energy we use to support our technological needs.
Reusing precious metals and plastics used to make cell phones can reduce the need for mining. It can also help the United States save as much energy each year as if all of its 24,000 homes were off-line. We have compiled a list of helpful ways to help you reduce your electronic waste.
Take a moment to evaluate your situation before you purchase a new device or upgrade. If you do, how can you find a device that can serve multiple purposes?
Try to maximize the use of your device. You can do this by buying a high-quality case for your phone, cleaning it, and not charging too much.
Buy Environmentally-Friendly Devices
If you’re looking to buy a new piece of technology, be sure to check for the Energy Star label and EPEAT certification stamp.
You can give your old devices to social programs when it is time to upgrade. Many causes are supported by a variety of programs in the United States.
You can reuse larger electronics. You can also donate old electronics. When it comes time to replace your device, search for similar items.
You can recycle old electronics, batteries, and other items in the right places. Make sure to search for e-waste recycling centers close to you.
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 Pinellas County electronics recycling.