E-Recycling: Keeping Up With The Latest Trends

Feb 25, 2014

The U.S.’s electronic recycling industry has continued to grow over the last few years.  In 2010 it added $5 billion to the US economy and employs more than 30,000 full-time workers. Recycling old electronics is important because even though electronic waste is only 2% of Americans trash in landfills. Though this seems like a small number that 2% makes up nearly 70% of overall toxic waste. According to the EPA the average American household has 24 electronic products and as these electronics age out they are dumped into landfills, which is why electronic waste is the fastest growing source of waste in North America. Not only is it better for the environment but electronics usable or not are valuable. Each year Americans dump phones containing over 60 million dollars in gold and silver, which could be recycled and used again. These statistics are just a few of the reasons why it’s so important to recycle all those old electronics rather than just throwing them in a landfill.

For more information about what R.S. Davis recycles, including items like catalytic converters and batteries, check out this scrap recycling specs page.  We don’t recycle the electronic you’re looking to offload? Don’t throw it away – check out Metro Recycling for more information about recycling electronics options in Portland.