How Efficient Are the Electronic Recycling Programs?
Many cities in United States have e-recycling systems. This service was brought into force for recycling all the electronic waste. But the latest observations reveal that these programs may not be doing a great job at recycling the electronic waste.
Reason for the Let Down for Electronic Recycling
In spite of having an exclusive recycling service for disposing electronic waste, 68% people of United States end up stocking the electronics they don't need. The reason for this build up is not the non eco friendly attitude of the consumers. The actual reason is the difficulty that the consumers face when it comes to choosing a convenient electronic recycling service.
A recent report by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition revealed that many of the retailers who provide such recycling programs are still not doing a good job when it comes to helping the consumers in recycling their unwanted and old electronic items responsibly.
EBT rates the retailers dealing in electronic items and the programs that these retailers provide for disposal of the same. It gave high grades to Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot for providing strong recycling programs that allowed their consumers to bring the electronics to the store for recycling the products. Apart from these three, four of the retailers got a C and D rating while nine of them including Sam's Club, Costco, Wal-Mart and Amazon got a rating of F.
National Coordinator of ETB, Barbara Kyle said that Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot are doing a good job by effectively meeting the demand of the consumers for recycling electronics. But most of the electronic retailers are coming out as a disappointment as they are doing nothing in helping the consumers to recycle the electronics purchased from their stores.
Electronic Recycling and Proper Disposal of Eco-Friendly Promotional Items
The report of ETB also said that even the different trade in programs may not be the best option for consumers looking to recycle their electronics. These programs provide gift cards to the consumers. These cards are of the same value as the electronic items that they trade in the store. ETB does not consider this option to be an alternative for the recycling programs.
Majority of the programs that promote trading electronics only accept small electronics that fall in a high price range like tablets and cell phones. They do not take into consideration items like printers, television, DVD players, VCRs, etc. The main purpose of eco friendly promotional items is to make the earth a greener planet. But improper disposal of these items can defeat this purpose.