Far more than just electronics disposal

 

Missouri e-Waste does far more than just dispose of your old electronics. We keep old, discarded electronic and computer equipment from entering America’s landfills. This focus on environmentally sound processes means that we are helping to eliminate soil and water contamination.  

 We are registered with the the Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Voluntary Registration Program for recycling companies and demanufacturing facilities. (Certificate available upon request). We are in full compliance with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Click HERE to see our listing on the Missouri DNR web site. Our Missouri ID # is 040152 and our EPA ID # is MOR000516229. 

 

Economic Impact

Much of the e-waste in the U.S. is shipped overseas, ostensibly for recycling -- but it often ends up in polluting landfills. A substantial amount of America’s “recycled” electronics were actually shipped to developing nations like China, India and Africa. Workers in these locations, who are often women and children, disassemble products with their bare hands, exposing themselves to a host of toxins
 

Landfill Impact

In 2009 alone, the U.S. discarded electronics like TVs, computers and computer peripherals that comprised approximately 2.37 tons of waste. Of that amount, about 1.7 million tons were destined for landfills. E-waste packs landfills with reusable or recoverable materials and takes up space needed for non-recyclable products. 

 

Energy Consumption

Computer infrastructure also contains valuable metals such as gold, copper and platinum. Throwing away computers forces manufacturers to expend energy and resources to find raw materials for new products. Mining for precious metals, creation of engineered plastics and the manufacture of brand new components all consume energy and expel greenhouse gases into the environment, hastening the effects of climate change. Recycling computers allows manufacturers to reclaim the metals and other materials and reuse them.

 

Groundwater Pollution

While the EPA believes that “disposal of electronics in properly managed municipal solid waste landfills does not threaten human health and the environment.” Computers indisputably contain toxic metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. If computers are discarded in improperly managed landfills, the metals could leach into the ground surrounding the dump site. The resulting pollution could affect groundwater and the flora and fauna that depend on it.