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Electronic Recycling 101

We all know that our electronic devices have a limited lifespan. That’s unpleasant to think about when we drop several hundred dollars on a television, but hopefully after years of enjoyment, you’ll have gotten your money’s worth, and are able to upgrade to a more modern model. But what can you do with large electronic devices that don’t have a buyback program, or may contain hazardous materials? Here is some basic information about e-waste recycling Toronto.

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CRT Monitors

Before the days of plasma, LCD, and LED screens, tube televisions and computer monitors contained cathode-ray tubes, or CRTs. At the time, few people understood that these could not simply be thrown away or taken to a dump or landfill, because of the hazardous chemicals in the tubes. In fact, many people still don’t understand this. We’re used to extreme convenience, especially when it comes to getting rid of things. But for the sake of the environment and the health and safety of those who will work with it, it is only right and worthwhile to seek out an e-waste recycling Toronto program to dispose of them properly.

Video Devices

While DVD players, Blu-Ray readers, and even VCRs don’t contain hazardous materials, the combination of plastics and metals contained in them will last generations in a landfill. Better to take advantage of e-waste recycling Toronto to put them to better use being refurbished.

A Note About Appliances

Technically, household appliances like microwave ovens, refrigerators, or washer/dryers are not considered e-waste, but that doesn’t mean disposing of them in a landfill is the best course of action when it is time to replace them. They can usually be stripped for parts, which may even generate some money.

Isn’t it worth a little time and inconvenience to know that your electronics are being properly and safely recycled? These guidelines will help you know what to do to make that happen.