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What is Electronic Waste?

And Why is Proper Disposal Crucial

If you think about all the new technology emerging every year and the many different devices people use every day, it’s not surprising that across the world more than 49.8 million tons of electronic waste is generated each year. Electronic or e-waste is made up of electronic devices that are replaced when they are no longer useful, operational or they are outdated. Individuals and businesses in the United States throw away nearly 10 million tons of electronics yearly. Electronic waste is inevitable because devices are continually being upgraded, made to be faster and more powerful and therefore replaced by their older counterparts. Here’s a look at the many different electronics that make up the e-waste category and why it is imperative to properly dispose of them.

Types of Electronic Waste

Electronic waste includes numerous types of electronic devices—some you may not even consider, take a look:

  • Cell phones
  • Hard drives
  • Tablets
  • Televisions
  • Small and large appliances
  • Flashlights
  • Computer monitors
  • Lamps
  • Calculators
  • Radios
  • Keyboards
  • Electronic toys
  • Networks servers
  • Lab equipment
  • Circuit boards

The Risks of Improperly Discarding E-Waste

Throwing away old electronics may seem harmless enough, but in reality, it can be dangerous for several reasons. The World Health Organization warns that the chemicals found in many electronics can pose health risks to those who come in contact with the e-waste. Some of the chemicals include lead, cadmium, chromium, lithium and others. These substances can also leach into the ground soil and water supply which endangers humans and wildlife. In addition, old electronics like computers, hard drives, cell phones and tablets contain personal information that if accessed can be used to steal your identity. Many people falsely assume that deleing their old files is enough to protect them against hackers, but ID thieves are expert at obtaining personal information with just the smallest amount of data.

Safe and Secure E-Waste Disposal

The safest and most secure way to discard electronics is by having them destroyed by a licensed shredding and destruction company. For hard drives, computers, tablets, cell phones and other similar devices, All Points Mobile Shredding can provide secure destruction onsite at your home or office. You can witness the entire process and will receive a certificate of destruction—which gives you the peace of mind that your sensitive information will not be compromised and that your e-waste will not endanger any people, animals or the environment.

All Points Mobile Shredding is a family owned and operated company in Stuart, Florida. We provide shredding and destruction services to business and residential customers throughout South Florida. Give us a call or fill out this form to get more information.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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