Properly Disposing Of Electronics Without Fines

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In many areas, you can't just throw electronics in the standard garbage bin. There are fines for tossing out potentially hazardous waste embedded in most of the electronics devices on the market, but in most cases the garbage service just won't pick up the electronic trash. To understand why, and to learn a few ways to properly dispose of your electronics for safety and possible profit, here are a few electronics disposal details.

What's So Hazardous About Electronics?

Many electronic devices have small components that contain materials that can poison water supplies and soil if allowed to leak, and leaking is easy. Mercury, lead, and cadmium are used in quite a few materials, while more complex compounds such as flame retardants are used for safety during operation.

Standard trash pickup usually takes your trash to a landfill or similar storage area. If it's an outdoor landfill, the devices may be exposed to rain and extreme heat, leading to breaking and bursting. Rain can wash away surface-coating materials or soak the burst components such as capacitors, which soaks into soil and underground water or flows into larger water supplies.

Burning electronics doesn't make the issue any better. These toxic substances will simply become airborne, which may not be your immediate problem, but the workers are absolutely not going to stand for even more risks on the job. Their salary isn't worth increased cancer risks, so rejecting the materials and supporting those who take legal action against violators is a given.

Recycling Electronics For Easy Pickup And Payment

Many basic electronics can be recycled as whole units or broken down into smaller components or materials. To do this legally, all you need is a recycling bin designated for recycling. That's it, you just need a container that your trash pickup service of choice can confirm as electronics recycling only.

You can make some money back from recycling, which can at least pay for some of your trash pickup services or even put some money into your market. Metals such as aluminum, gold, and copper have daily-changing recycling rates, which can be worth your time if you're separating items for scrapping.

You may need to take the individual materials for recycling on your own to be paid, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Contact a residential trash removal professional to discuss recycling policies, available containers, and payout policies if available in your area.

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