Americans dispose of over 400,000 mobile devices every day, yet only 25% of that e-waste is being recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 4 million tons of e-waste ends up in landfills each year and causes countless health and environmental issues.
When cell phones are improperly recycled or end up in landfills, it ultimately causes negative effects to both people and the surrounding environment. Mobile phones contain harmful toxins including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chlorine and bromine. These toxins can leach out into groundwater and bio accumulate in the food chain causing detrimental damage to the soil, water supply, vegetation, animals and humans.
The good news is, together we can stop this trend by recycling our gadgets. According to the EPA, by recycling our electronics we can preserve natural resources, conserve energy and reduce pollution. By donating your old electronics to InterConnection not only will you help protect our environment, but also benefit our community. Every donated item helps make technology more accessible to those who lack access.
The holiday season is the perfect time to ensure that these high-tech electronics make a positive impact. If you’re planning on upgrading your electronics with Black Friday deals, remember that your outdated electronics at home can serve a greater purpose helping someone in need get connected. Rather than trading in your phone, donate it to InterConnection and make a meaningful impact on someone’s life instead.
To make it easier for you to recycle your old smartphones, tablets or laptops, InterConnection has launched the InterConnection Mobile Collection Program. With over 30 drop-off locations around the greater Seattle area, you’re sure to find a drop-off site near you.