As modern technology races along, companies release new products like phones or computers at a staggering rate. At the same time, this quickly renders existing technologies obsolete. So, recycling these old technologies in a safe, eco-conscious way is important for the environment as well as the industries that utilize recycled materials.
Donating and recycling your old e-waste cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions caused by manufacturing natural resources, but also helps avoid polluting the air or water. Technology recycling centers also help extract and recycle valuable resources and materials like metals, glass, or plastics. For example, for every million cell phones recycled, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium are recovered according to the EPA. Don’t forget to always wipe your hard drives before handing in your old computers or phones. Use our map below to find a recycling center closest to you.