Our Tech Legacy: In a World Without Reliable and Available Electronics Recycling Where do The Leftovers Go?
By Mike Allen
Posted On October 10, 2014
"Raise your hand if in your garage or a friend of yours' garage lurks a relic - a bubbled-screen (can be flat-screened), 30"" television with more speakers than God ever intended and glass that weighs as much as depleted uranium, and now everyone, you can put your hands down.
These literal technological marvels / dinosaurs reminds us of a bygone era of shoulder-held boom-boxes and brick -sized cell phones, and make us wonder without the available or even legal recycling of such large electronics - throw in some computer monitors and large towers for good measure - what's going to happen these electronics that are not worthy of the landfill and sometimes illegal for dumping (due to large levels of lead and mercury in the items' glass.""
Just try it - like our old neighbor - he's a professional athelete - no one's immune) - feast your eyes on his ""trashed"" TV. It resides on the sidewalk with a ""FREE"" sign, but after a week - as seen here - there are no takers.
Even the Pros Have Them: Check Out this Old Gem of a TV - Trash Can / Hanger Not Included!
Or a dear friend of ours' who inherited the gem below, 30'³ Proscan, more remotes than anyone could possibly need even during a blizzard winter when the remotes where all lost in couch.
Matty D's Old TV - Any Takers - No the Jeep is Included
All tongue in cheekiness aside, one day, this stuff is going to overrun us. Keep in mind: Samsung boasts that it takes the company to produce a 55' flat-screen 3D TV in three (3) seconds. Yes, you read that right, by the time you finish these sentences up to 3 more Samsung TVs will have been birthed. Even if you buy a kit to make your own television, we're not quite sure why you'd want to do this, but a BYOTV (Build Your Own TV) only takes 12 hours to build - this according to the Lakeside catalog.
So what do we do about it? Well we have some recourse, if you leave your televsion with a ""FREE"" sign on it you're probably going to get cited by your HOA - not to mention there's a little bit of liability involved, so we don't recommend this avenue, and we don't recommend recycling your TV and or electronics at the local Goodwill - they usually won't take them - do go to the EPA's website (click here) and find out which places are able to take your type of electronics that you need recycled:
And keep this in mind according to the EPA:
Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.
For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
That's an amazing statistic.
So get out there: find a reputable and legal place to recycle your old electronics, and yes, even we are guilty of it: Check out this beauty from our garage - and surrounding electronics (sidenote: this is collector's item: it was the first mass-produced flat-screen HDTV - any takers? We didn't think so.
The Old Zenith - And Other Tech Gadgets of the Past - Dust Included
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"Raise your hand if in your garage or a friend of yours' garage lurks a relic - a bubbled-screen (can be flat-screened), 30"" television with more speakers than God ever intended and glass that weighs as much as depleted uranium, and now everyone, you can put your hands down. These ...