Special waste is any type of discarded material that requires special handling during its disposal or recycling process. It is very important to properly dispose of special waste because they can pose hazards to facility workers and be very detrimental to the environment if illegally dumped or sent to a regular landfill.
E-waste is the name for electronic products that are at the end of their “useful life”. These products include old cell phones, computer equipment, printers, telephones, televisions, microwave ovens, stereos, and even hair appliances like straighteners or blow dryers. Basically, it’s anything with a plug.
Why Recycle E-Waste?
Electronic items often contain valuable materials that can be recycled like copper, aluminum, lithium, and gold. In order to minimize the amount of virgin resource extraction and energy use that occurs when creating new electronics, this equipment should be refurbished, reused and recycled whenever possible. Additionally, certain components of electronic products contain hazardous materials like lead and arsenic. It’s very important that these materials are disposed of properly and do not end up in a regular landfill where they can leach into the surrounding environment, posing a threat to both humans and wildlife.