New Requirements for Pennsylvania and Electronic Waste
- More than 90% of electronic waste is recyclable.
- Computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of lead each.
- Printed circuit boards contain varying amounts of hazardous materials such as lead, chromium, cadmium and mercury.
- The Institute for Local Self-Reliance estimates that 75% of out-of-date electronics are currently being stored. The eventual removal of this amount of electronic waste will be an overwhelming disposal issue for our country and the rest of the world.
Passed in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act went into effect, January 24, 2013. From that point forward electronics (i.e. TVs, computers, tablets, monitors, printers, audio equipment, etc) can no longer be put in curbside trash - they must be recycled.
Reasons to Recycle Electronics
- Many materials such as plastic, glass, and metals can be retrieved from old electronic waste and then are recycled to produce new electronic equipment. This process of recycling helps greatly reduce the amount of electronic waste.
- Recycling electronics is an easy way to open up more office space and offer a healthier work environment.
- Properly recycling e-waste (Electronic Waste) helps eliminate the potential harm it can bring to humans as well as the environment. E-waste, left to improperly disintegrate over time, can lead to unhealthy seepage into the soil. This in turn, will inevitably cause run-off into our water supply. These harmful, hazardous and toxic materials, such as lead and mercury, can eventually pose various health problems in humans.
- One example of potential harm to humans - Lead, has been shown to cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, blood systems, and kidneys in humans. There is also supporting evidence that exposure to lead can have harmful effects to the development of a child's brain. Lead has also been shown to adversely affect the reproductive process as well.
Egreen is here to help
Egreen is here to help. Egreen offers a free, safe, reliable and hassle-free way to dispose of your e-waste. Our specialty is properly recycling your unnecessary and unhealthy electronic waste. We take great pride in making sure that we dispose of electronic waste the proper way. At the same time your company is recycling e-waste the proper way, your business is able to clear office space that was once used to store old equipment. Your company is also making it a healthier environment for employees as well as clients.
- Lancaster County
- York County
- Dauphin County
- Berks County
- Lebanon County
- Chester County
- And all of South Eastern Pa.
Why it's important to use a DEP certified recycler
CRTs (cathode ray tubes) in computer monitors and televisions contain approximately 4 to 8 pounds of lead that need to be disposed of properly in a developed nation such as the United States or Canada. Developed nations are typically subject to fair labor, anti-pollution standards and safety precautions.
Subjecting poorer countries to the recycling process can often subject them to birth defects, cancer, respiratory illnesses, as well as other health problems. Frequently, many components of the computer are just left or dumped near communities, which after a period of time, can be very harmful to the adults and children nearby. It also poses a very harmful risk to their water supply as well. These harmful practices are why one must be leery in trusting a recycler that is unclear on their recycling practices
Protecting your important documents and information
Egreen understands that keeping your confidential information thoroughly protected is of utmost importance. Because of this, Egreen crushes all hard drives and complies with GLB act and HIPAA mandates for hard drive disposal. Your company can be confident that all private information will be destroyed before all recycling procedures begin. One more way that you can be assured that Egreen is recycling the proper way.
** 2% of the proceeds of all recycled electronic waste will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley from October 1st, 2011 to October 1st, 2012.