Mr. Electric - e-waste http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/445 en The Epidemic of Computer and Cell Phone Waste http://www.33pulse.com/blog/the-epidemic-of-computer-and-cell-phone-waste <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>The Epidemic of Computer and Cell Phone Waste</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphiccellwaste_1.jpg?itok=rhT4rtOc" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;The Epidemic of Cell Phone and Computer Waste&quot;" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphiccellwaste_1.jpg?itok=rhT4rtOc" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;The Epidemic of Cell Phone and Computer Waste&quot;" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 9:48pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Technology moves faster than the blink of an eye these days, with each recent product purchase becoming obsolete mere months after it hits the shelves. The result? An electronic waste crisis, created by millions of used computers and mobile devices improperly disposed of into landfills. Electronic waste, or e-waste, dumped by the nation’s consumers adds up to a staggering 300 - 400 million electronic items per year, according to EPA estimates. Less than 20 percent of all electronics are recycled, the rest ending up in landfills to the detriment of our environment and our bodies.</p> <h3>Computer and Cell Phone?Reuse and Recycling</h3> <p>The vast majority of materials used in computers, cell phones, and smart devices can be recovered to make new products, particularly since most devices are retired due to psychological, not technological, obsolescence.</p> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Computers</strong> Over 75 percent of the U.S. population owns at least one computer. In 2010, over 71 million new laptops and desktops were purchased nationwide, contributing vast amounts of e-waste as older models were discarded– 423,000 tons. Of the computers disposed of, only 40 percent were actually recycled, a staggering amount of waste. This does not include monitors and other peripheral equipment, capable of introducing large quantities of contaminants into the environment as well as wasting precious resources. Just one clunky old monitor can house up to 7 pounds of lead. Mining for gold? A metric ton of circuit boards contains 40-800 times the gold and 30-40 times the copper mined from the same weight of ore. Recovering materials used in computers and other mobile devices is essential in conserving natural resources, reducing air and water pollution, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Cell phones</strong> Of the 789 million mobile devices ready for recycling, the EPA estimates only about 11 percent are actually turned in. Of those turned in, 38 percent were reused or refurbished, the remaining 62 percent recycled for material recovery. A valuable form of e-waste, cell phones and other smart devices contain an array of precious metals: copper, aluminum, iron, nickel, tin, as well as gold, palladium, and silver. Eighty percent of mobile components can be recycled, including batteries, headsets, cases, cables and chargers. For every million cell phones recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. Unfortunately, in addition to these precious materials, mobile devices can contain hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, and cadmium as well. Making improper disposal not only wasteful, but destructive.</li> </ul><h3>Why aren’t consumers recycling?</h3> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Lack of awareness </strong>Many consumers are simply unaware of the environmental toll e-waste, or that there is any use left for devices deemed obsolete by themselves as individuals. From poorer countries who rely on our castoffs in hopes of owning cell phones, mobile devices, and computers, to domestic charities who can make great use of these devices, simply tossing your old computer or phone into the local landfill or leaving items to rot in a drawer or closet isn’t doing the environment, or anyone else, any favors.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Inconvenience </strong>In today’s busy modern world, where time is at a premium and convenience dictates behavior more than necessity, consumers have the tendency to avoid any course of action that involves them going out of their way to determine and carry out <a href="http://blog.www.33pulse.com/guide-recycling-used-commercial-electronics/">proper recycling procedures</a>.</li> </ul><h3>Recycle smart! Before you recycle your used computer or mobile device:</h3> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Get in the know.</strong> Familiarize yourself with state laws regarding recycling e-waste. Twenty five states have electronic waste recycling laws. To learn more about laws in your area, visit the National Center for Electronics Recycling.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Delete – then dispose.</strong> Completely erase all data and personal information to prevent its misuse. Use manufacturer and online resources for properly erasing data and be certain to perform a hard factory reset prior to recycling. Remove your SIM card or other storage chips/devices, and cancel mobile service if you have not done so already. Don’t forget to recycle your batteries and accessories as well.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Make sure they’re certifiable.</strong> Make certain any recycler you send a used computer or mobile devices to is certified by the EPA and uses separated waste streams. ?Without proper recycling, your e-waste may be improperly dumped in a landfill or shipped to a third world nation. It is estimated as much as 50% to 80% of U.S. electronic waste that is collected in the name of recycling actually gets shipped out of the country.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Count on the source.</strong> Whenever possible, take advantage of manufacturer recycling programs such as those by Dell, Sony, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, AT&amp;T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and more when you purchase a new product. Recycling for these programs is typically low to no cost, and performed to high standards for brand protection. Have old stuff lying around but haven’t made a recent purchase? Call - many programs will accept your castoffs anyway.</li> </ul><p>Prevent e-waste woes. Count on the professionals from Mr. Electric for help managing the safe recycling electronic waste. Learn more about our <a href="https://hirepatriots.com/" target="_blank">solutions for managing e-waste</a> today. <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/products/environment/2008-07-06-ewaste-recycling_N.htm">http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/products/environment/2008-07-06-ewaste-recycling_N.htm</a> <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002/02/25/computer-waste.htm">http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002/02/25/computer-waste.htm</a> <a href="https://www.wired.com/2010/05/process_cellphone/">https://www.wired.com/2010/05/process_cellphone/</a> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/magazine/13Cellphone-t.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">https://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/magazine/13Cellphone-t.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0</a> <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-12-27/recycling-gadgets/52240824/1">http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-12-27/recycling-gadgets/52240824/1</a> <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html">http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/the-epidemic-of-computer-and-cell-phone-waste" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:48:36 +0000 Super User 4264 at http://www.33pulse.com All About Electronic Waste http://www.33pulse.com/blog/all-about-electronic-waste <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>All About Electronic Waste</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectronicwaste.jpg?itok=IcJn6yTP" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectronicwaste.jpg?itok=IcJn6yTP" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 2:58pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The availability of cheap electronic goods combined with our ever-advancing world of technology are rapidly creating a worldwide crisis. E-waste, or electronic waste, resulting from consumers improperly disposing of old equipment without a second glance, is taking its toll not only on the environment, but on the population as well.</p> <h3>What is electronic waste?</h3> <p>The fastest growing waste stream in many countries, e-waste includes any item that utilizes a battery or plugs into an electrical outlet for operation.</p> <h3>What’s the big deal?</h3> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Unnecessary waste.</strong> A great deal of electronic waste is not really waste at all, but recyclable parts and materials such as precious metals. A great deal of improperly discarded products can be refurbished and reused before dying an untimely death in a landfill. At this time, only 11-14 percent of U.S. electronic waste ready for disposal is actually recycled and reused. The U.S. is also the only country in the world to ship this waste to developing nations for breakdown.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Toxins.</strong> Electronic waste contains extremely toxic substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, flame retardants, and more. These are elemental toxins that never disappear. When burned to destroy waste, they create even more toxins, such as halogenated dioxins and furans known to cause cancer, reproductive issues, endocrine disorders, and more. Improperly disposing of e-waste is harmful to the environment, global communities, and you.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Personal information.</strong> The typical electronic gadget becomes obsolete within 1-3 years of purchase. When it is unceremoniously tossed in favor of the latest and greatest without data being securely destructed, all of the confidential personal information stored within it is put at risk. It is estimated that 70 percent of data breaches come from offline, improperly disposed of equipment.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Responsibility.</strong> Because e-waste is the fastest growing source of waste in the nation’s landfills, safe e-waste disposal solutions are essential to preserving our health and the environment.</li> </ul><h3>Categories of e-waste include:</h3> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Office equipment.</strong> Desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, monitors and screens, tablets, fax machines, scanners, copiers, printing cartridges, power strips, docking stations, Wi-fi setups, adding machines and calculators, chargers, and many more.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Telecommunications.</strong> Mobile and home phones, PBX systems, pagers, routers, network hubs, chargers, and LCD signage.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Entertainment equipment.</strong> Analog, plasma and LED TVs, DVDs, DVRs, iPods/MP3s, chargers, stereo equipment, speakers, and clocks of all kinds.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Large appliances.</strong> Refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers, dryers, and more.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Small appliances.</strong> Microwave ovens, toaster ovens, bread machines, waffle irons, mixers, blenders, coffee machines, crockpots, rice cookers, electric kettles and pans, hot plates, and irons.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Environmental appliances.</strong> Air conditioners and heaters, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Lighting.</strong> Light fixtures and lamps. All light bulbs.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Personal appliances.</strong> Hair dryers, tooth brushes, curling irons, shavers, hair clippers, water picks, and more.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Medical equipment</strong>. Wheelchairs, bath lifts, and other medical items.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Power tools.</strong> Drills, table saws, grinders, sanders, saws, and other electric hand tools.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Fitness equipment.</strong> Treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and bikes. Cardio equipment. Timing devices.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Energy equipment.</strong> Electrical meters and monitors, wireless hubs.</li> </ul><h3>Government regulations</h3> <p>Twenty five U.S. states have laws requiring e-waste recycling, which is typically free to consumers, however comprehensive federal laws have not yet been established. 15 states have landfill disposal bans on electronic waste. For information on your state, contact theNational Center for Electronics Recycling.</p> <h3>Got e-waste?</h3> <p>In cooperation with HirePatriots, a program of parent non-profit Patriotic Hearts dedicated to providing jobs for U.S. veterans and support services for their families, Mr. Electric? offers complete, professional electronic waste management solutions. As part of the Veterans Green Projects, HirePatriots is leading the way in providing safe e-waste recycling and disposal. Contact?<em>Mr. Electric</em>?today for all your e-waste management needs. With the help of HirePatriots, we can help you safely and responsibly recycle or dispose of your used electronic gadgets and appliances. Your world – and your family - is counting on you. ?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/all-about-electronic-waste" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:58:36 +0000 Super User 4273 at http://www.33pulse.com

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