What is e-cycling?

e-cycling dayEnvironmental Protection History

A few decades ago, most people did not concern themselves much with how much waste we produced. After the United States won World War Two, our national culture was centered on being the world’s manufacturer of everything from cars and planes to clothing and household appliances. However, as we began to understand just how much material we were throwing away and the harm it could cause to the environment, we began to ramp up efforts to recycle things like paper, plastic, glass, and metals. As the computer age began to ramp up in the late 1990s, we began to extend our understanding of the importance of recycling to consumer electronics as well.

What is e-cycling?

For those who are unfamiliar with the term “e-cycling”, it is actually a fairly simple concept. Every year, billions of dollars worth of electronics are thrown away by owners who no longer need them. E-cycling is the practice of taking electronics and giving them to people who cannot necessarily afford the cutting-edge in technology but would still benefit from somewhat outdated technology. For electronics that cannot be reused or are simply past their useful life, the individual components inside the device can still be useful.

Benefits of e-cycling

E-cycling reduces the amount of waste in our Southern California landfills and provides people access to technology who might not otherwise be able to afford it. A large part of e-cycling involves a recertification and refurbishing process which is less expensive. It has a smaller environmental impact than simply manufacturing a brand new device. In addition, consumer electronics tend to have components and materials that can be particularly harmful if simply thrown away. While not all electronics can be reused or salvaged for useful parts, e-cycling ensures that potentially harmful materials in electronics are disposed of properly.

At Sergeant Shredder, we help individuals and businesses shred and recycling many kinds of electronic media, including hard drives, xrays, microfiche, etc.

What are your thoughts about e-cycling for Southern California?