Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing problems in the world. According to the Solving the e-Waste Problem Initiative (StEP), 123,000 metric tons of electronic devices become e-waste every year, with Europe, the United States and China being the top polluters. E-Waste is still more likely to be tossed into a landfill or thrown away than it is to be reused or recycled. Most of the discarded devices end up in China or India to be dismantled for the copper, silver, gold and other valuables that can be recovered. There children are at risk to exposure of arsenic, mercury, aluminum and other hazardous chemicals.
The problem is massive and growing, but the solution is already here — at hand — with a wad of cash in it. Companies like ecoATM, Liquidity Services, Electronic Recyclers International Inc. and Appliance Recycling Centers of America all make it easy for Americans to properly dispose of your old cell phone, tablet, computer or refrigerator, and will dismantle the products in a responsible way. ecoATM will take your device, resell it and reward you with money instantly from the convenience of a kiosk at your local mall.