eCycling: Learn How to Do Your Part

When a favorite electronic kicks the bucket, it can feel like the end of the world

Your cell phone is on its last leg, and your TV suddenly won't turn on no matter how many times you press all the buttons on your remote, hoping one of them might magically allow you to catch the latest episode of your favorite show.

It's time to move on.

When you've officially established that there's going to be a new electronic device welcomed into your life and the old one is going out the door, the feeling is both exhilarating and apprehensive. After all, you have to say goodbye to your once-reliable device and welcome something unfamiliar, but supposedly better.

The average American household owns 24 electronics. When one of them breaks down, there's a better option than throwing it in the trash, and it's called eCycling. By extending the life of your electronics through eCycling, you'll allow your trusty flip phone or HD TV to be put to use somewhere else. Check out how eCycling is beneficial and how you can make an impact.

What is eCycling?

By donating your used electronics, you're participating in eCycling, which means electronics are recycled and either refurbished or salvaged for other parts. After all, there are a variety of parts in your old electronics that can be put to use elsewhere, and there's no use getting rid of valuable materials such as precious metals and engineered plastics.

But there are also some not-so-beneficial parts that could be harmful if disposed of in the environment, including lead, nickel and mercury. Through eCycling, those parts can be disposed of or reused properly.

What can you do?

While some states have electronics recycling laws, you can still participate in eCycling in states that don't. Certain EPA certified programs exist in order to reduce environmental hazards or risks, and to provide reusable and refurbished equipment when possible to certain parties that need it. Materials could be recovered and used in various industries, including for electronics, cars and jewelry.

Of course, before you eCycle, but sure you work out any issues with data security or think about if you need your equipment destroyed. Any data you need, for personal or business reasons, should also be backed up first, if still possible.

Whether you're already recycling other materials or not, eCycling should be a part of your routine. Did you know there's more gold in one metric ton of e-waste than there is in 17 tons of gold ore? When your old hard drive bites the dust, give it a new life through eCycling. Not only will you eliminate potentially harmful materials from sitting in a landfill, you'll be conserving natural resources and reaping potential tax incentives.

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