Why is e-Waste Different?

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So – we now have the iPad in Canada, and the iPhone 4G is coming. I’m sure all the gadget geeks among us are frolicking with joy – I’m a geek, I get it. But nowadays, when there’s a shiny new model rolling out every year or so…what happens to last year’s model?

E-waste is a massively growing concern, considering planned obsolescence and the increasingly disposable nature of consumer electronics. At this point, it’s estimated that 70% of heavy metals in landfills come from discarded gadgets. Unfortunately, the disposal cost for this type of junk is rising, and computer recycling options are often limited to remote depots (as many recycling centres will not accept e-waste) or the occasional eco-minded community drop-off event.

Being a junk removal company, you’d be amazed at the number of consumer electronics we take away. So many people just don’t know what to do with it, so it gets thrown in with the rest of their junk and forgotten about. Luckily, we’re set up to recycle that kind of thing, and some franchise partners have even gone to extra lengths to partner with charitable organizations, sending refurbished laptops to schools in Africa through Project Red Dot. Either way, it’s an effort to keep dangerous mercury, lead and cadmium from seeping into the earth in landfills.

E-waste is not your average garbage, even if it’s that laptop you shattered against the floor when faced with the blue screen of death. Keep it in mind, and consider its disposal a special case.

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