WHY RECYCLE ELECTRONICS?
(IT asset disposition) is an important part of the IT equipment ownership lifecycle. Your electronics contain valuable metals and components that can be reused again in another manufacturing process. Likewise, many environmentally harmful chemicals and elements exist in electronics. Such as cadmium, lead, hexavalent chromium, mercury, chromium, barium, beryllium and brominated flame-retardant materials to name a few. As a result, these components can pollute water and air resources without proper disposal or recycling.
E-WASTE STREAM SCOPE
As an R2, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certified company, U.S.A. Recycling Centers only uses refiners and processors that adhere to the most stringent industry standards (e-stewards, R2, NAID, ISO 14001). Keeping the global environmental impact to a minimum as well as providing complete accountability through total downstream monitoring and disposition of all materials going through our facilities.
Excerpt from Basel Convention November 2009 Press Advisory:
“Hazardous waste is threatening human health and the environment globally. Much of it is being exported to other countries, often to developing nations.”
Only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled, according to the EPA.
The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. The amount of electronics that Americans throw away every year? 9.4 million tons.
It is estimated that only 29% of global e-waste is handled via the accepted best practice recycling channels.