Is e-waste recycling a green process?



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    It certainly is. Electronics use a lot of metals and other materials that have to be mined for or made from petroleum, and it takes a lot of energy to work these into usable parts, increasing the carbon footprint of the company manufacturing them. In addition to protecting unused resources and reducing energy use, recycling the old devices keeps them from ending up in a landfill, possibly leaching toxins.

    If a device can be made to work again just by replacing a few parts, or it can be scrapped and recycled into other devices, this is more green than making a new one. Of course, the most efficient thing to do is to take good care of our electronics so we can use them as long as possible, and, if they still work but we don’t want them anymore, to give them to someone who can use them.

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