According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times more gold and 30 to 40 times more copper than can be mined from one metric ton of raw ore in the U.S. Because electronics can be harder to recycle, they often get thrown out, adding to landfills and removing valuable materials including metals, plastics, and glass from the supply chain for manufacturing new electronics. These materials then have to be replaced by more expensive raw materials.
However, there are easy ways for you to get rid of your old electronics while protecting the environment! Recycling your old electronics helps save energy needed to produce new products by providing more easily accessible materials, while also keeping the old products out of landfills.
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According to the EPA, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year! Imagine if we recycled ALL our old home electronics products? The amount of energy saved would be enormous! Visit epa.gov/recycling to learn more about electronics recycling, discover the answers to frequently asked questions, and find additional resources.
Find Out Where to Recycle Electronics Near You
Most of your home electronics can be recycled, but they may need to be taken to a specific location that accepts that equipment. Search earth911.com to find recycling locations near you that accept electronics and all sorts of other items.