If you keep up with the wide world of consumer tech, you undoubtedly have come across the term “planned obsolescence“, a policy that can be used to describe some of the actions tech companies take to ensure their users will have to continue upgrading or buying newer versions of their products. This is achieved with discontinued software updates, design updates that render old accessories unusable, etc. While this is great for creating continuous revenue streams for the manufacturers, unfortunately those outdated electronic devices will be thrown out and will find their way to our landfills unless properly recycled.
The Toxicity of E-Waste
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) considers e-waste as a “universal waste” since it is not immediately harmful to the environment or people that come into contact, thus allowing it to be handled and transported less strict rules compared to hazardous waste. However, the DTSC recognized that e-waste contains hazardous materials that can be extremely dangerous if not handled and disposed of appropriately.
One of the most harmful elements of e-waste hauling and disposal is something known as a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), which is what older computer monitors and television used to display the picture that appeared on screen. Devices that utilize these CRT’s have long since been made obsolete due to the emergence of LCD and LED technology, and have thus been discarded at a very rapid pace. Unfortunately, the average cathode ray tube contains enough lead (a component of the funnel glass) to be classified as Hazardous Waste. Other common consumer electronic devices (CEDs) like cell phones, calculators, radios, and other electronics that can be found in the home or office, have been recognized by the DTSC to contain toxic or hazardous substances as well.
The Fast Haul E-Waste Solution
If you’re looking to discard you old electronics, give Fast Haul a call today! We proudly offer e-waste hauling services to the San Francisco Bay Area. We ensure that your electronic devices are handled with care and delivered to reliable recycling centers that are designated to handle e-waste. At Fast Haul, we’re passionate about protecting our environment, and making our world a better place to live with one junk-filled truck at a time. Contact us at 1-800-919-4285, or schedule an appointment online.
We look forward to providing the quality junk hauling services that we have been known for since 1993.