The old going-green motto of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been around since the very first Earth Day in 1970. While it’s definitely tradition, we think whoever wrote that motto was going about it all wrong. We don’t hate the phrase, really – the idea is good. It’s just that the order of things could be made a little bit better.
At Electronic Asset Recycling, we feel like it’s more important to focus on Reuse first, before you get into the other two. Why is that? Because the best way to help the Earth is going to be to look at what we already have.
Reducing new electronics and recycling the empty shells or those that are completely trashed are both important steps. The simplest and best way to knock down the amount of cell phones, desktops, laptops, company phones, game consoles, and other e-waste finding its way into landfills and trash bins is going to be to start by reusing what we’ve already made. Most people don’t realize it, but those old electronics that are being thrown into the trash bin almost always have at least a few parts that are easy to utilize and reuse.
In the long run, reusing whatever parts we can will save money, as well as keep the toxic materials inside electronic waste from finding their way into landfills, soil, and possibly even the groundwater near your home. The more that we utilize reused electronics, the more we can change the demand for new electronics and bring down prices. Reused parts, built into refurbished electronics, can be sold for much lower prices and force larger brand-names to match competitive pricing in order to sell new products.
Reducing our footprint is an important goal, and the best way to start to by reusing what we’ve already created. That’s why we’ve put our heart and souls into this electronic waste recycling business – we keep e-waste out of landfills not just by recycling old electronics, but first by getting inside the casing to find out what parts can be reused.
It was our VP Peyton Munafo who first pointed out that the saying should be “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle”, and he’s got a point. Electronic Asset Recycling is dedicated not just to keeping e-waste out of landfills, but also to reusing whatever we can. If you’re looking for responsible, legal solutions for your electronic waste, we’re the company to call! You can reach us by phone at (800) 746-1823 or contact us online today!

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