The electronic recycling industry has changed drastically. Ten years ago, many companies and individuals would not think twice about throwing away or discarding an old or non-working desktop. laptop or piece of consumer electronic. Today, the awareness to recycle electronics is at an all time high, which is lucky because electronic waste is a heap of a problem!
Our modern technology has invaded virtually every aspect of our daily existence as people seemingly replace their personal electronics at a higher rate than ever before. A United Nations-affiliated group estimates that e-waste is growing faster than almost any other waste type. By the end of 2017, the volume is projected to yield 48.2 million metric tons. That volume is over 100 times heavier than the Empire State Building!
What to do with it all?
The question remains: what to do with it all? Many countries in the developing world have fewer environmental regulations and as such present favorable conditions for dumping. Unethical and dishonest electronic recycling companies account for a large percentage of shipping e-waste overseas. An investigation conducted last year by Basel Action Network, a Seattle non-profit, placed hundreds of GPS trackers on dummy electronic devices and sent them through U.S. recycling networks. The result was that 40% of 152 deliveries were exported offshore, with the majority destination to junkyards in Hong Kong’s New Territories. This type of freighting violates the Basel Convention, an international agreement designed to prohibit developed nations from dumping hazardous waste overseas.
Where is it heading?
Before you recycle, find out where your old computer equipment is headed. Some companies ship hazardous materials to landfills overseas, while others send equipment to be dismantled by workers in countries such as India and Pakistan, where labor protections are less stringent. Children are paid as little as $1.20 a day to strip toxic equipment, and others scavenge glass, metals, and plastics from e-waste-poisoned dumps. Further documentation shows young children and the elderly crouched down over flames in an attempt to free precious metals from components. The noxious fumes and by product released from these efforts account for dangerously high levels of lead, mercury and other chemicals in drinking water and their blood chemistry.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
In keeping with the axiom of reduce, reuse and recycle, a good idea is to evaluate any surplus electronics to see if they’re still viable for reuse. At Sell Inventory Orlando we purchase and re-market viable working equipment that ultimately finds a home with another user. If you have surplus inventory to sell all you have to do is call or email our experts at SellInventoryOrlando.com and we will take it from there. The process starts with an evaluation of the viable equipment you have and a real conversation about the potential worth of that equipment. Our process is to bring the equipment to our location for further evaluation and testing. After we determine the condition of your equipment, we will offer you a bid price. Upon acceptance of the bid price, a check is issued to your company for payment.