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There is a new sherriff in town and it is called E-Cycling. What is E-Cycling? E-Cycling or E-waste is the practice of reusing, or distributing for reuse electronic equipment and components rather than discarding them at the end of their life cycle. It’s recycling electronic waste such as: televisions, printer ink, desktop computers, laptops, batteries of all kinds, and DVD’s (cellphones are the largest recycled product). These items need to be recycled properly to preserve landfill space, and most importantly make sure toxic elements get disposed properly. The TIA E-cycling central website gives lots of search results by state for those that want to recycle the electronics we treasure in today’s world.
We should recycle things like batteries, cellphones, televisions,and laptop computers. However, there are many options to reduce the items going into landfills. We can also donate old items that can support schools, low income families, and non-profits. In addition, most electronic batteries contain materials that should not be disposed of in landfills. Items like computers and laptops can be de-manufactured, which involves manually dismantling the electronics in order to market the recyclable raw materials/products that are found. Demanufacturing and dismantling is usually done by trained technicians who use a variety of machine and hand tools. The items mentioned above can be refurbished and resold or donated. Organizations such as StRUT (Student Recycling Used Technology), the National Cristina Foundation, and the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) collect and refurbished donated computer equipment for redistribution to schools and charities around the world.