Minimizing e-waste helps to conserve resources and reduce the amount of energy we take from the earth. The manufacturing of electronic devices and the use of rare materials that go into their production represent a huge source of embodied energy. Reusing the precious metals and plastics in old cell phones alone instead of making or mining more of them would save as much energy as flipping off the power to 24,000 US homes for an entire year. The typical household has 24 electronic devices and in 2009 the EPA estimated that there are 2.37 million tons worth of electronics ready to be disposed of. This would fill almost five football stadiums!
Here’s how you can help our planet:
- Re-evaluate. Do you really need that extra gadget? Try finding one device with multiple functions.
- Extend the life of your electronics. Buy a case, keep your device clean, and avoid overcharging the battery!
- Buy environmentally friendly electronics. Look for products labeled Energy Star.
- Recycle electronics and batteries in e-waste recycling bins located around our island. Talk to us to find a drop off-bin located near you!
Virogreen Pte Ltd is actively involve in a recycling program for end-of-life electronic devices. Through this program, Virogreen is leading the efforts to create a recycling based society where discarded products are recycled to manufacture new products and at the same time, contributing to the preservation of the environment.
Call us at +65 6451 0665 or visit www.virogreen.net for more information.