Staying on top of the technological advancements means replacing your electronics on a fairly regular basis. What should you do with all that collected e-waste? One way to handle it is through recycling. The components are separated, sorted and shredded then can go on to create new products. Here’s a list of the materials collected out of electronics that are reusable.

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Metals

Electronic scrap Toronto can be recycled to create new electronics. The various metals that make up the electronic devices is reusable. Precious metals are essential to conducting electricity that powers the circuits in the devices. Silver, gold, platinum and palladium are reusable precious metals. Ruthenium, nickel, iridium, osmium, copper and rhodium are often used to make LEDs, batteries and wiring.

Chemicals

A variety of chemicals go into making electronics function but can lead to issues for humans when they enter the water supply. Mercury, lead, flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride, cadmium and hexavalent chromium are common chemicals used. Some of these can be recycled such as the lead used in batteries.

Glass

Glass is recyclable and used for display screens in most smart devices and many other electronics. Flexible glass has a variety of uses including certain types of displays and organic light emitting diodes. The latest technological advancements have created ultra-tough glass to withstand the daily applications of smart devices.

Plastics

A wide variety of plastic blends are used in electronic applications. These materials help the electronics maintain temperature, enclose items, make the casings for computers, add impact strength and provide insulation. Some plastics are recyclable.

Energy

Recycling helps lower the energy required to make new products leading to cost-savings down the road to replace electronics. Most of the energy used in a computer is not in the usage but in the production. Recycling helps lower the amount of energy necessary for new components. E-waste recycling has many positive impacts on the environment from clean water to less landfill waste.