Integrated Recycling Technologies
By Tyler Mathison
Today in America recycling is becoming the norm. We all understand the importance of recycling. With that being said, we aren’t in the same mind set when it comes to electronic recycling. We hear about Universities setting up new plans to help college students recycle plastics, metals and so forth. We have yet to see an increase in those Universities recycling what could be most important, Electronic Recycling.
Electronic Recycling, also known as E-waste, is electronic products nearing the end of their life. Those products being TV’s, computers, laptops, modems, and cell phones to name a few.
“E-Waste contains many valuable, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. E-Waste also contains toxic and hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants, which have the potential to leach into our soil and water.” WWW.Ksewaste.org/ewaste_why.htm
What makes this so difficult is; on an individual basis its hard to think that throwing away one phone or an old laptop is going to make that big of a difference. It wont only make a difference but it will reset our culture and our way of thinking. Which will most definitely lead to our society having a positive impact on the earth and each other. My goal is to educate individuals but more importantly to educate Universities, School, Hospitals and Corporations because that is where I feel we can make the biggest difference right now.