E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Unfortunately it’s only expected to rise over the next decade. In fact, estimates predict the global volume is set to grow by 33%- that’s the equivalent of eight of the Egyptian pyramids! Given the amount of computers in both our domestic and work environments, this is hardly surprising. Last year nearly 50 million tonnes of e-waste was produced worldwide.
Since electrical items contain a complex mix of materials, there are many things which can be salvaged to make new products, including plastics, circuit boards, wiring and metals. The rest can be recycled, but if taken to a dump, will merely end up at the bottom of a landfill. Once in a place like this, toxic materials like lead, mercury and arsenic seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and air. Worse still, some materials are shipped to the developing world, ending up in landfills there instead.
If looking to find IT recycling services in Hampshire, look no further than Tech Recycle. Relieve your conscience and ensure old equipment ends up where it ought to: either recycled or refurbished, safely and ethically. All data will be destroyed securely and safely, according to many internationally recognised standards. Not only that, we recycle free of charge.