When disposing of e-waste or electronic devices, it is important to choose a reliable company who will go through the steps of properly recycling your unwanted equipment. Choosing to dispose of your equipment in a way that doesn’t align with New York State’s Disposal Ban not only puts your data and proprietary information at risk, but, it can also have a lasting impact on the environment.
E-Waste’s Negative Impact on the Environment
It may seem like an ideal solution with the quickest results, but disposing of your electronic equipment in the garbage or landfills is actually the worst, and unlawful, way to dispose of these items. Many electronic devices contain chemicals and harmful contaminants which can be detrimental to the environment. Computer monitors and towers, for example, if broken down improperly can emit chemicals into the ground, waterways, as well as the air that we breathe.
Lead, barium, mercury, even lithium can be found in many of the electronic devices businesses discard each year. As these chemicals pollute the surrounding areas, it can cause the soil and water to be unsuitable for the communities and wildlife that rely on them. Additionally, when the soil surrounding the impacted area becomes contaminated, it prohibits plant life from growing, or the plant could become contaminated by the toxin. This is especially dangerous when the plant life is a crop that is meant for consumption.
Environmentally Friendly Recycling
ProTek Recycling gives your business the safest and easiest way to recycle your outdated or unwanted electronic devices. In addition to being a NYS registered electronic waste collection and recycling firm (DEC # 00838), we offer a complete data destruction guarantee with our in-house services. Our professionals also have a strict zero-landfill policy which we uphold while choosing R2 or eSteward certified companies for any end-of-life materials which could contain hazardous materials. To learn more about the strides we take to ensure our zero-landfill policy while successfully recycling your materials, contact us today!