“Going digital” is a great way for companies to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. But, digital services are far from being 100% eco-friendly just yet. Once companies are finished using their digital devices, the majority are simply thrown away, without being recycled. The world throws away between 20-50 million metric tons of electronic devices yearly, recycling only 10-18% of those devices. Electronics thrown away then enter the waste stream and negatively impact the environment and our health. As the fastest growing portion of the waste stream, and potentially the most catastrophic in the long run, e-waste is something that can’t be ignored. Luckily, programs already exist throughout the country to make re-using and recycling our old electronics relatively effortless. All you have to do is find a business in your community that will take your products, clear your devices of personal information, and drop them off to be re-used or recycled responsibly. If you live in the Kansas City area, simply visit KSewaste.org or RecycleSpot.org to find charity or recycling centers in your area. Both of these sites list multiple facilities and charities in the greater KC area that will take your old electronics for you, and make it easy to be environmentally responsible.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not."
~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
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