While many people think electronic waste (e-waste/e-scrap) recycling is a relatively new conservation concern, it has actually been around for quite some time. The Federal government passed the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act in the mid-70’s making it illegal to dump electronic waste.
In the late 1980’s the Basel Convention, an international multi-lateral treaty prompted by NATO, became the prime international vehicle for dealing with the transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. It was finally adopted in 1992. This push and subsequent efforts by numerous countries, federal, state, provincial and local government is one of the biggest reasons for the rapid growth of the recycling industry, providing thousands and thousands of jobs globally.
In South Carolina e-waste legislation was passed in 2010 making it illegal to dump your old microwave, or TV in landfills. The law was updated in March of 2014, to add further restrictions on computer monitor and television manufacturers.
Items considered e-waste are, but not limited to:
- Computers (laptops)
- Electronic Tablets
- Gaming consoles/hardware stations
- All phones
A BIG Problem
According to the Global E-Waste Monitor (a global e-waste statistical partnership) in 2017, there were 49.3 million tons of e-waste and the group estimates it will increase to 57.5 million tons by 2021!
Improperly disposed electronic waste can have a sizeable impact on the environment. Computer screens, televisions, etc., can contain mercury, chromium, lead, radium and other toxins. Imagine the lead/mercury levels in a mound of e-waste seeping into groundwater and affecting a local water supply? Now imagine it on a global level.
Pinnacle Environmental Services has the solutions to your e-waste concerns and more. We are committed to the recycle and reuse of electronic waste and more. At Pinnacle we recycle everything from electronics to solar panels, wood, plastic and much more.
Consider some of the benefits of Waste Recycling
- Reduces the amount of e-waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and ground water contaminants
- Increases environmental sustainability for the future
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to produce new raw materials
- Saves energy consumption
Our goal is to help minimize landfill waste and seek recycling, or reuse solutions from manufacturing, production process and office waste. Contact us today about studying your electronic-waste needs and let us provide sustainable solutions.
Mike Watts, President, Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. http://www.pinnacleenv.com