A single item can make all the difference when it comes to recycling small appliances or laptops.
What’s The Deal?
According to the EPA recycling, a million laptops can save enough power to power 3,500 homes for a year. You should also know that the interior parts of your computer, home appliances, such as microwaves, contain precious metals like silver, gold, or platinum. These metals are easily extracted and can be reused.
75% of average household appliances are made of steel. These appliances account for 10% of all steel that is recycled annually in the U.S.
A tech waste recycling center is the best and easiest way to dispose of your laptop safely.
You can recycle electronics in the Tampa Bay area by visiting the Ecycle Recycling drop-off center in Tampa.
You should prepare your computer and small appliances for recycling and these are the steps to get you prepared for laptop recycling:
- To prevent identity theft, erase all data from the computer before you recycle it. It is also recommended that you back up any important files on an external hard disk.
- Remove all accessories, such as keyboards or speakers, from your computer. These parts can be recycled at the same place as your laptop recycling. However, you should consider donating them or reusing them.
- Check the battery on your laptop. Many laptops have lithium-ion batteries that require a special recycling system.
Recycling Preparation For Small Appliances
Small appliances like blenders and toasters can last many years. However, technology is constantly improving so you will eventually need an upgrade.
These appliances can be easily recycled thanks to the metal they are made of, such as steel.
These metals can be very hazardous in landfills.
They are a very special item that you will want to ensure is in the right hands.
These steps will help you dispose of small appliances responsibly.
- Allow the appliance to cool down for a few days before you recycle it. This will allow it to cool off.
- Consider donating the appliance to a thrift shop if it is still in good condition.
- Take out any metal parts, such as glass and plastic bender jars, and take them to a thrift shop.
Laptop Recycling and Small Appliances: Final Thoughts
Recycling can seem like a tedious task, but it is actually quite simple if you follow the steps and integrate the process into your daily life. Even more important, waste can build up in landfills and cause a host of health and environmental problems. It is becoming increasingly important to recycle your belongings.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for Pinellas County electronics recycling.