A Recycled Laptop’s Journey
With our increasing use of digital electronics as everyday products, the consciousness of its life cycle from production to disposal is becoming an extremely important issue. More importantly, where do those chemicals and materials used in production go when it is time for disposal?
“Manufacturing a desktop computer and a 17-inch CRT monitor uses at least 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 50 pounds of chemicals and 3,330 pounds of water – roughly the weight of a sports utility vehicle,” according to Computers and the Environment, a 2004 book released by United Nations University (UNU).
About 87 percent of the 3 million tons of electronic waste in the US are simply thrown in the trash, leaving governments, aid agencies and taxpaying consumers to pick up the costs. Estimates show that about 70 percent of the 40 million tons of electronic waste produced annually worldwide is sent off to China, India, and Nigeria. The number of workers in these poor towns employed by the e-waste industry reaches up to 150,000 people, each one of them paying little attention to their exposure to serious health risks.
Instead of contributing to the global trade of electronic waste, Securis is an ethical, zero-landfill company that can do the job right. With centers in Virginia and New York, Securis is one of the many recyclers whose business is increasing as consumers become more environmentally conscious.
Securis utilizes their options to handle end-of-life and obsolete electronics. Most computer equipment could likely be reconditioned and sold secondhand or broken down for parts rather than recycled. “You can’t process a laptop mechanically; you have to manually remove a few components…they’re manufactured different ways by different manufacturers…so that forces us to have a higher standard worker and process to recycle them,” Jeremy Farber, President of Securis, elaborated.
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