Electrical items are some of the biggest wastes. A huge amount is purchased each year and currently only a small proportion, particularly small items, are collected for recycling.
But it’s important that they are disposed of properly because they contain hazardous substances that can cause soil and water contamination, possibly hurting wildlife and even humans.
E-waste or electrical waste are the components that make up appliances and electronics when they are no longer of use such as toasters, microwaves, computers, and mobile phones.
But there are other e-wastes that people typically forget about and so they dispose of them haphazardly.
Fluorescent lights for example contain mercury while LED lights don’t. As more people shift toward more energy efficient lighting, there has been a rise of disposed fluorescent bulbs.
Electrical wiring is another type of e-waste. The ones in our homes eventually develop wear and tear and need to be replaced. As they contain aluminum and copper, they can be recycled. But most of the time we dump them along with the trash.
E-waste needs to be collected by facilities that specialize in their proper disposal. You can’t throw them in the recycling bin together with common recyclables.
E-waste recycling services are located all over the country. Here are some organizations where you can drop off your e-waste in the following areas:
Astley Electrical is doing its part in being environmentally responsible. When we do electrical work for our clients, we always collect and dispose of any e-waste properly. We remind our clients that they should recycle e-waste the proper way too.
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