Americans Looking to Recycle Old Electronics
Today, about 95 percent of Americans have computers in their homes. Almost every building and business uses computers and it is almost a requirement for a good employee to be at least basically skilled in computer literacy.
With this in mind, all companies and even individual Americans are looking for more ways to make Internet faster and more reliable. A lot of people are throwing out old computers for better and faster ones. Where do those computers go? A lot of people do not know this, but they go to the landfills. This builds up way too much E-waste and is creating a huge problem.
Also, old TV sets and antennas will no longer be of use because since February of 2009, all TVs have broadcasted only in digital. To make matters worse, more and more brand new television sets have been sold very recently; an estimated 4 and one half million flat-screen TV sets were sold last year alone, many more purchased exclusively for sporting events!
All those old computers and televisions are now either being stored in garages and basements or being thrown out. This is a big problem because the amount of E-waste (electronic waste) has increased dramatically. This is beginning to cause an environmental calamity.
Hardly anybody recycles those old electronics. This is mainly because no one really knows how or even where to do it. There really has never been a place for it, mainly because there has never been such a need. Because of this, people throw their computers in the garbage without giving it a second thought. A mere 12 percent of television sets and computers combined are recycled per year. This is because it is neither convenient nor easy to recycle these products.