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The Electronic Waste Dilemma
As technological advances continue to improve electronics and lower prices make electronics more affordable, massive amounts of discarded electronics waste, or e-waste are being generated at an alarming rate. According to the EPA, our electronic waste is growing 2-3 times faster than any other waste stream, with a majority of the waste coming from large businesses and institutions. Because computer processing power doubles roughly every two years, many old computers are being abandoned. The nation now dumps between 300 million and 400 million electronic items per year, and less than 20% of that e-waste is recycled.
E-waste currently represents 70% of America's overall toxic waste trash in landfills. Some materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, can be toxic and contaminate the environment; if deposited in a landfill, toxins can leach into the soil and water. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the blood and the kidneys. With these troubling issues continuing to grow more prevalent, the EPA and other state and federal regulatory commissions have established severe fines for those who do not properly dispose of such waste.
GreenChip is able to mitigate risk, eliminate exposure and achieve full compliance for it's clients to ensure responsible electronic waste recycling as set forth by newly mandated guidelines. With services for asset management GreenChip recovers materials for reuse to create a closed loop of recycling for end-of-life electronics. As an advocate of sustainable solutions for a greener tomorrow GreenChip also participates in community events for NY Electronic Waste Recycling, helping through collection drives, mailback programs and educational outreach for schools.