According to the EPA, only about 12.5% of e-waste is recycled. However, for every one million cell phones recycled, the EPA says that 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of golds and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered. One circuit board is estimated to contain 40-800 times more gold than one metric ton of ore. You are not just throwing out your old electronics. You’re throwing out precious metals! Then there are the environmental effects. Old television sets can contain approximately 4-8 pounds of lead, a neurotoxin. These harmful chemicals can leak into the ground, affecting the soil quality.
But how do you recycle e-waste?
Take it to someone who accepts electronic recycling. At Zimmerman TV we understand that all electronic items eventually come to the end of their life cycle. That is why we offer our customers, in partnership with Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, an environmentally friendly way to dispose of electronics that have exceeded their useful lives.
Zimmerman TV can recycle most types of electronics at no charge. To find out what we are able to accept, please call us before you bring your items in. We accept items for recycling during normal business hours only.
As electronic waste grows, the need to dispose of these materials in an environmentally responsible way is still a high priority. Instead of putting it to the curb on garbage day, come visit Zimmerman TV and let us recycle your electronics.