According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2009:
- 438 million new consumer electronics were sold.
- This is double the sales of electronics in 1997, and is largely due to a 900% increase in the demand for mobile devices.
- Approximately 2.37 million short tons of electronics were ready for end-of-life management.
- This represents an increase of more than 120% compared to 1999.
- Approximately 141 million mobile devices were ready for end-of-life management in 2009, more than any other type of product, yet by weight, they represent less than 1% of discarded electronics.
- Only 25% of electronics ready for disposal were collected for recycling.
IN OUR CONSTANT CHANGING WORLD, I.T. TECHNOLOGY HAS LEAD TO AN ABUNDANCE OF COMPUTER OBSOLESCENCE, CREATING LARGE LIABILITY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, THEREBY CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR COSTLY CIVIC AND CORPORATE LIABILITY.
A large percentage of all electronic components contain hazardous and toxic substances. These substances, if not properly disposed of, can and will cause harmful effects to the environment. Unless proper methods are used, our future generations will become the recipients of this problem. Monitors contain an average of 4 pounds of lead and require special handling at the end of their lives. In addition to lead, electronics can contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants. Laptop computers consist of florescent lighting bulbs which contain mercury.
When electronics are not disposed of or recycled properly, these toxic materials can present problems. Extending the life of your electronics or donating your most up-to-date and working electronics can save you money and saves valuable resources. Safely recycling outdated electronics can promote the safe management of hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable materials and additional quantities of mercury, cadmium and other metals.
These facts, combined with today's rapid growth in technology and its consequent obsolescence, is why the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up its policies toward the disposal of electronic hardware. In 1992, the EPA banned the landfill dumping of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). Today's corporations hold accountability if their electronic assets end up in landfills.
WE PROVIDE THE SOLUTIONS...
Much of today's obsolete computer equipment can be processed without the harmful effects of "land filling". Electronic Solution Services (ESS) specializes in working with companies and individuals to reduce any risk of non-compliance with Federal and State EPA regulations. All material brought into our facility is fully documented and tracked through our processes. We provide our customers with Documents of Recycling Certification, indemnifying them against liability for improper disposal. We can also provide our customers with Certificates of Destruction to protect corporate confidentiality.