Recycling Electronic Waste By Ella

Recycling Electronic Waste

Electronics need to be recycled. Did you know that only 12.5-29.2 percent of e-waste is currently recycled? E-waste takes up only 2 percent of America’s landfills, but accounts for over 70 percent of overall toxic waste. All over the world countries are getting our non- recycled electronic waste via oceans and wind. Identity thieves can steal your identity, which creates chaos for you, if you don’t recycle your e-waste. Recycling e-waste is astonishingly beneficial.

Third world countries receive huge quantities of our e-waste right now. Over 140 million cell phones are thrown away per year, usually into landfills or the ocean, that can later land on the coasts of countries. This is especially harmful in third world countries. When they decide to extract valuable minerals from the e-waste, the unsafe methods lead to leaking, which will leak into the water supply, poison it, and the people of this third world country will become poisoned. Sadly, most third world countries are “not aware, or are incapable of addressing, the environmental issues caused by dumped e-waste.” according to https://turtlewings.com/press_releases/top-10-reasons-to-recycle-electronics. This is a big problem, because to reduce the amount of e-waste, they burn it, which creates air pollution. Recycling electronic waste is the safest choice.

Identity thieves are a major result of throwing away e-waste. According to http://www.ksewaste.org/ewaste_why.htm, If you throw away your e-waste, you are susceptible to identity theives, who steal your identity on social media, and websites, and it appears that you are doing what the thief is doing. These thieves are usually able to find out private things such as your address, name, phone number, and more. Some people that are affected by identity thieves are very successful people, and throwing away their device has created many problems for them, at work, and in their daily life.

Electronics are made of valuable substances. “Cell phones and PDAs contain parts with silver, gold, copper, and plastics -- all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling conserves these materials so they can be turned into new products.” says ‘Statistics That Will Make You Want to Recycle Your Cell Phone’. These materials can be recycled to save energy. If we recycled our old phones for a year, it would create enough energy to power 25,900 US houses for a year. Imagine if we recycled all of our other e-waste. We could save many materials and energy that would have been thrown away otherwise.

Recycling is a must. E-waste won’t disappear, so recycling it can save resources and energy, save us from being vulnerable to identity thefts, and keep third world countries from having to deal with our garbage. Recycle your electronic waste.

Works Cited

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