Today marks the fourth anniversary of the movie WALL-E.Ranked first in Times “Best Movie of the Decade,” WALL-E is a story that takes place in the future. As landfills uncontrollably spill onto land, humans create WALL-E, a robot, to clean up the waste-covered earth.
Although the animated story is fiction, some resemblances exist between our world and WALL-E’s world. According to Time magazine, Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers daily. Now, electronic waste is the fastest-growing part of the U.S. garbage stream. When disposed of improperly, lead, mercury and other toxic materials inside e-waste can leak from landfills.
Sadly, WALL-E doesn’t exist; we have to clean up this mess ourselves.
So, next time you buy a new electronic, don’t throw away the old one, recycle it. Better yet, sell it. At NextWorth, we buy used electronics that you don’t want anymore. This is a great way to prevent e-waste and generate some extra cash.
What do you do to reduce e-waste?