Recycling Electronics

By: Briana Pratt

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Hello!

Welcome to my brochure and project. In this paper I will help you understand how to, and where to recycle your electronics (of course additional facts will be provided). Its extremely easy, and definitely helps make our earth a better place.

How to recycle electronics

Most people carelessly throw away damaged or old electronics. So, the devices just build up in landfills. But, there is a solution to this huge problem - recycling. Sadly, major of people are confused on how to recycle their electronics, and thats why this little brochure paper is here to educate everyone.
The recycling process begins with the drop-off of the device to the desired recycling center (see suggested recycling centers under the 'where to' header below.) After the drop-off has been made, the company takes the device and carefully begins to take it apart. The company will dissemble wires, metal scraps, plastic cases, and PC boards (if it is a PC.) After that has been done, the materials are then loaded on a conveyer-bell to be taken to a machine labeled as the "crusher." Once the materials make it to the crusher, they are then hit forcefully by a hammer, causing the remains of glass and other metals to shatter. A magnet then takes the scraps and makes them the appropriate size. Then the scraps are shipped out to be made into something again. Its a wonderful process, all started by an old electronic.

Where to

Recycling centers can include, Best Buy, Staples, Sprint, GameStop, Walmart, Gazelle, and even more local places like target. One of the good things about recycling electronics is that many local electronic stores have the option to recycle. So, if there is a store for electronic devices nearby, I advise you check it out!

Some Commonly Asked Questions

Why should I recycle electronics? It's not like anything happens - Right?

Wrong.

Plenty of chemicals invade our air and pollute clean water, all because of an electronic being thrown into a landfill. When electronics are thrown away, they do not disappear. They do not decompose into helpful compost. Electronics just stay in the landfills letting off harmful toxics. Those harmful electronic toxins equal 70% of total toxins in the air. Gross right? Many people are fooled by the fact that if they cannot see the device in the area, its gone. Thats wrong too, clearly these electronics are going nowhere but invading our precious air and water.

Is recycling connected to history in any way?

Yes actually, In World War Two, the children would recycle anything that they could find. From silver gum wrappers to bacon grease! Of course recycling electronics cannot be necessarily connected to the war for the fact that not much information about that was released. Although, the children had a big help in the war, anything they recycled had gone to war efforts. Each little recycled item made a big difference. Just think about what we people can do if we all just recycle a little more. We can help save the world like the children helped win the war.

What can my recycled items be turned into?

The broken down materials from an electronic can be used to make, useful weapons, furniture, pins, jewelry, shoes, billboards, and plenty more useful items.

There was even an artist by the name of Julia Christensen that created projectors for art with dissembled electronic parts. Art and recycling actually mix well together - Who knew?

Citations

- "Amsec.s3.amazonaws.com." Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

- "We Talked To The Artist Turning E-Waste Into Projected Star Maps | The Creators Project." The Creators Project. Web. 03 Mar. 2016.

- "Recycle It Right." – Electronics TakeBack Coalition. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.