Faq About Recycle Electronics
What is eWaste?
e-waste, eWaste or ewaste is a combination of the terms electronic and waste. It is loosely used to mean business and/or consumer electronic devices that are near or have come to the end of their usefulness.
Why can’t I dispose of my electronic waste on my own?
Electronic waste contains poisonous substances that should be disposed of properly so that they do not seep into the soil and get to the water table. In addition, exposure to some substances used in the computer chips and circuit boards could be dangerous. For example, the PVC that covers wires is a carcinogen (cancer causing substance).
Chips also contain gallium, beryllium, cadmium, arsenide, which are very poisonous substances, yet they are important for making the devices work properly. Only well established ewaste recycling services like Ewastecleanup.com should handle the used electronics.
In the cathode ray tubes in televisions and computer monitors, a lot of lead is used in the glass to help prevent the escape of stray radiation. The problem thus comes in when the monitors are disposed of badly and they shatter open, thus releasing all that lead to the soil, which eventually seeps into the water table. Responsible ewaste management recycling ensures that such dangers do not happen.
What should I do with the electronics that I do not need anymore?
As a responsible citizen, it is your duty to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. You can reduce the number of electronics that you buy every year through proper care and maintenance. Save yourself some money while at it.
You can sell the functioning electronics or give them to friends and family. Lastly, you can contact EwasteCleanup.com for the electronics that have reached their lifespan for recycling or disposal.
When do you collect the electronic waste?
E-waste Cleanup as well as other companies will only collect the waste from businesses that have discarded a lot of electronics. However, for consumers, they can drop what they do not need at our Santa Fe Springs facility, which is conveniently located for residents of Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
Just what among my items are considered as electronics?
Not to worry too much about this because E-waste Cleanup will accept anything with a plug, but mostly, video cameras, DVD players, fax machines, gaming consoles, TVs, computers, monitors, cellphones, copiers and stereo and audio equipment are some of the items that are considered as primary electronics in the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act.
Why should anyone pay to recycle electronics?
Most, if not all electronics, contain very poisonous substances like arsenide, antimony, lead, palladium, beryllium and mercury. If these substances get into our bodies, they could lead to serious health complications. It is for this reason that ewaste recycling management companies give you a good outlet for your electronics disposal. Owing to the risk involved, it is only fair to pay a small handling fee.
What are the regulations for residents of Los Angeles to recycle electronics?
Consumers and business people in Los Angeles and Orange counties can bring their computers, monitors, radios, audio and stereos to the Ewaste-Cleanup recycling facility. For a small fee, we can also offer pick up services. We receive these items free in our offices Monday to Friday, from 8.00am to 4.00pm. The California Electronic Waste Law/2005 requires the consumer to declare that their item was bought and used in the state of California. This is why we may need your names and physical addresses because the recycling expenses of these items are met by the State. Thus, the state would like to be sure that it is only funding the recycling of ewaste from California only.
Are my electronics banned from the landfill?
If it has a circuit board, then it is most definitely banned from the landfills. These electronics are referred to as universal waste products and therefore they must be handled carefully. It is also illegal for anyone to dispose of universal waste in garbage because they contain mercury, cadmium, lead and other toxic substances.
What is universal waste?
After the 2006 Universal Waste Law, the following were classified under this category:
- Electronic devices that contain lead, mercury, copper, cadmium and other heavy metals – These include TV, computers, radios, phones and many more
- Mercury switches such as those found in fridges, some old washing machines, clothes irons, trunk and hood lights for cars and many more
Why should I not dispose my electronic waste with my garbage?
There are so many things that you don’t know. For example, under the universal waste law of 2006, it is illegal to dispose of hazardous material in the trash. Even if you do not know whether what you have is classified as ewaste, you can bring it over or call/email E-waste Cleanup for advice.