Frequently Asked Questions: Electronics (E-Waste)
Over the years, we've nearly heard it all! Below are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of electronic devices & gadgets around their home or office.
Table of Contents
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Electronics (E-Waste) FAQs
- How is electronic waste recycled?
- Can or should I throw electronics in the trash?
- Why is it important to properly dispose of e-waste?
- How do I get rid of electronics?
- Where does my electronic waste go?
- Why is electronic waste a problem?
- What should I do with my old phones?
- How do I dispose of old batteries from cell phones?
- Why can’t I throw my old phone in the garbage?
- How can I dispose of my old cell phone?
- How do I properly dispose of electronic items?
- What are my options for disposing of e-waste?
- How do I protect my information when I dispose of old electronics?
- How do I safely dispose of batteries?
- Why should I ensure that my e-waste does not end up in the landfill?
- Electronics (E-Waste) FAQs
Electronics (E-Waste) FAQs
Electronics recycling begins with a proper disposal method. Once we pick up your unwanted electronics, we sort through everything to determine where to take them next. First, any pieces that are still in working order will be donated to local charities so they can extend their life cycle with a new owner. Any broken or not-working items will be taken to designated recycling facilities for further processing.
Once at a recycling facility, the materials are broken down to their raw components and reused or converted. This step is extra important because many electronics contain toxic metals, which need to be disposed of in a careful manner. Any metal and plastic can often be recycled and used for other purposes.
When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to handle your unwanted electronics, you can be sure your items will be properly disposed of. It’s just one less thing you need to worry about!
You might think that once your TV, computer monitor, or other electronic devices stop working that you are safe to just throw it in the trash as you do with regular household garbage. What you might not realize is that doing so is very harmful to the environment and could be potentially dangerous.
This is because many electronics contain harmful chemicals and metals that are very damaging to the environment. You can do your part to keep these items out of the landfill by calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help you with your electronics disposal.
E-waste disposal is important simply because it reduces the amount of waste to landfills. More importantly, it also prevents harmful chemicals many electronics contain toxic metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium from damaging the environment. These substances can make their way into soil, causing damage to plants and animals, as well as potentially impacting our food and water supply.
One method of proper disposal is a recycling process where precious metals and plastics within e-waste can be reclaimed and reused. At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we take care of this for you. We work with recycling facilities to ensure everything is broken down and properly disposed of.
There are many ways you can get rid of old electronics. How you get rid of them largely depends on the condition they’re in. For items that are still in working order, donating them is a great option. There are many charities that accept working electronic goods to reuse or sell. This is a great option since it grants access to electronics to people who might not be able to afford new ones, and it extends the life of perfectly good items.
For items that no longer work, you can bring your e-waste materials to government offices or schools who recycle them or you can drop off goods at an e-waste certified recycler. Of course, you can also call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and let us handle it for you. We work with local charities and recycling facilities to ensure these items are kept out of landfills.
When you simply throw your e-waste in the trash, these devices end up in the landfill. Here, they simply sit for years, since they don’t actually decompose.
When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we work hard to keep e-waste out of the landfill. We take them to local recycling facilities, where they are broken down into components like plastic and metal, which can be reused in other products. At this point, any harmful products are separated to ensure proper, environmentally safe disposal.
Technology is ever-changing, which means many people end up upgrading their phones, computers, and televisions more frequently than ever before. This leaves many of us with a stockpile of outdated technology in our homes. The problem comes when people try to get rid of these old devices by simply throwing them in the trash.
When e-waste isn’t recycled, it ends up in the landfill, where it sits without decomposing, slowly leaking dangerous chemicals into the soil and water. When you take the time to ensure your e-waste is properly disposed of, you can prevent this from happening.
When you use 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to get rid of your electronic waste, you don’t have to worry about where to take your electronics. We handle e-waste recycling for you! We work with local charities and recycling facilities to ensure all the components are properly disposed of.
You can repurpose it into a creative project, pass it on to someone who wants to use it, sell it, or contact your local recycling facility and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. If you have a pile of old phones and other e-waste lying around that are getting in your way, consider calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help take it away in no time!
Old batteries should never be thrown in the garbage. Lithium batteries are hazardous to the environment and should not end up in the landfill. Consider taking the batteries to your local electronic waste center or your local electronics repair store. Both of these places have ways to safely dispose of batteries. If you have a large pile that you need to get rid of or don’t feel like making the trip yourself, our crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is available to come and take care of it for you.
If your phone is still in good condition, consider selling or donating it. Phones contain toxic chemicals that may leach into the groundwater and contaminate the environment if it ends up in the landfill. If you have an old cell phone to get rid of, include it with all the other junk you need to get rid of and give us a call.
Cell phones should be recycled as electronic waste, instead of just throwing them into the landfill. While many may not consider contacting a professional junk hauling service as an option for taking away old phones, we get the job done fast in an environmentally friendly way. We are happy to help!
Electronic products, such as CD players and phones leak chemicals that contaminate our environment when thrown into the landfill. This is why it’s so incredibly important to keep these items out of the landfill whenever possible. If they are still in working condition, you should consider donating your electronics. If they’re no longer working, it’s often possible to break them down and recycle many of the individual components. However, it can be tough to find the right facilities to handle this type of recycling on your own. Look for local organizations or community events where that offer electronics recycling options.
Or, you could make it easy on yourself and call us to haul your e-waste away. At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’re experts at dealing with electronic waste and can get it out of your way in no time. We’re in your neighborhood and happy to help you dispose of electronics in an environmentally responsible way.
If your items are still in working conditions, you should consider donating your items. If they are no longer in working order, contact your local recycling facility to see what your options are for recycling. Many community organizations also offer electronics recycling services as well. If this sounds like too much work, why not let someone else take care of it for you? 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is happy to help take your e-waste away, so you can skip the hassle of trying to dispose of it properly.
You should consider destroying your hard drive before disposing of your electronics so that your personal information is protected. As technology contains to advance, information thieves are on the prowl for your personal information. We are always available to come and take your electronics away whenever you wish to get rid of them!
That depends on the type of battery you wish to dispose of. Car batteries can be disposed of at your local recycling depot, while cell phone batteries can go to your local recycling station. If you have questions about the type of battery you need to throw away, it’s best to contact our professional and friendly crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to come and take your old batteries away.
E-waste is made up of toxic and chemical materials that are hazardous to our health and the environment. The materials end up seeping into the soil, water, and food as well as produce toxic fumes. To prevent this, it’s best to contact a professional company such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help dispose of your e-waste in an environmentally friendly way.