A Problem You Can Easily Help Solve

You can make a difference.  Your choices as an individual matter.  This is especially true when it comes to the environmental and human health impacts caused by society's growing production of e-waste.

That's why our goal at Return2Sector is to make responsible recycling of old electronics an easier choice for everyone.  The environmental damage and toxic pollution created by global e-waste is a huge problem - but it's one of those problems you can easily help solve by choosing to responsibly recycle your own used electronics.  Non-profit organization Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) summarizes the problem this way:

Used electronics are one of the fastest growing segments of the waste stream. Electronics contain materials that are potentially hazardous to the environment and human health if not handled responsibly.

Mercury, Cadmium, Phosphors, Lead and other metals common in electronics, as well as plastics and flame retardants, can contaminate the air, water and soil if sent to a landfill, or otherwise irresponsibly disposed of. Many of these materials are also known to cause birth defects, neurological impairments, respiratory illness, cancer, or other serious ailments in humans or animals exposed to these substances.

The explosive growth in technology consumption has created a monumental challenge: the proper management of used electronics in both the developed and the developing world.

The issue of e-waste and its impact environmentally and on human health has been written about extensively - click here to read a good article by Wired online about the increasing problem.  

Fortunately, this is a global problem you can easily do something about right here in Austin, Texas.  Use a responsible E-cycler in your community who is certified by a third party (we are!).  Most programs, such as R2, require that certified recyclers trace the final disposition of all materials they receive.  This way, you can be sure they aren't just sending your old electronics overseas, and creating the same environmental and human health problem for another community.  

Contact us today to schedule a free visit to your dorm, apartment complex, office building, or school.