Why Is E-Waste Such a Big Deal?

electronics_recyclingIt’s everywhere in the news: E-waste. And it’s a big problem, for sure.

In 2012, there were 1.6 billion cell phones manufactured. These 16 billions phones were packed with arsenic, lead, and polybrominated flame retardants. Today there are even more cell phones being manufactured, and they’re threatening the health of the earth.

Why? Because most people hold on to their phones for only 18 months. And where do those cell phones end up? Well, 60 percent of them end up in landfills within local communities and abroad. There all those toxic chemicals that make up these sophisticated communications devices leach into the soil — where they often contaminate groundwater.

And when you think that 20 million tons of e-waste are produced every year, with Americans alone producing about 3.4 tons of e-waste per year, you can see that e-waste is a big problem.

So What Do We Do About It?

Recycling our electronics responsibly is a beginning. Global demand for smartphones in countries like India and China means that consumers in the United States can trade-in their smartphones for a reasonable price. Even seemingly unfashionable smartphones can fetch a few dollars toward a newer model.

The best part? The responsible recycling and trading-in of smartphones has been a boon to small business. Repair shops in small towns and big cities alike can add a new revenue stream through recommerce.

How To Get Started

Aligning yourself with the right recommerce company is an essential first step. And that’s just where we come in. We provide a superior platform that will allow you to maximize your buyback transactions.

So why wait? Want to do your part to keep electronics out of the trash and make extra cash? Then sign up for a free demo.

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