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Why should I recycle my laptop?

Many of us hold onto old laptops and other electronics that we aren’t using. Not sure what to do with them, we throw them in a drawer or a box in the closet to rot away in electronic purgatory forever. Our laptops can be reused or recycled and are effectively useless sitting in our drawers collecting dust. This article outlines some of the benefits of recycling your laptop.



Protect the Environment

One of the main benefits of recycling your laptop is that it is good for the environment. It allows you to protect the planet. Not many people know that laptops and other electronics use hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, and other carcinogens. If you dump your laptop in a landfill, it will result in these harmful substances entering the waterways and atmosphere. Thus, you would end up polluting the environment and causing harm to humans, animals, and plants.




Throwing your laptop in the trash is the worst way to dispose of your laptop, but holding onto it instead isn’t much better. 70% of the energy consumed by a laptop over its lifetime happens before it is even turned on! By getting these old laptops out of our drawers and recycled, we can reuse them and reduce the need to manufacture as many new ones, thereby reducing the energy consumed by laptops.


Conserve Natural Resources

Another significant advantage of recycling laptops is that it helps sustain natural resources by reusing the materials contained within. If the device can’t be refurbished for reuse, it is disassembled, and many


of the parts are reused to produce new electronics. By reusing these parts we can reduce the need to manufacture new parts. Lastly, if the parts cannot be reused, the laptop is scrapped, and the materials are recycled and used to manufacture new electronics. Materials that can be recovered and recycled from a laptop include silver, gold, cobalt, copper, and plastic, among many others. The more we can recycle, the less we need to mine from the earth.


Laptop Disposal Made Easy With Vowe

If you are looking for a safe and easy way to dispose of your laptop, we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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