Electronic waste is a huge and rapidly growing, problem in the U.S. and abroad. Computers and electronics often contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium.
The average obsolescence of business and home computers has fallen from four or five years to just two years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Millions of tons of computers and electronic components end up stockpiled in warehouses, in landfills or shipped to developing nations with few safety standards. The related statistics are grim:
- 88 percent of discarded electronics end up in landfills
- More than 50 percent of “recycled” electronics are shipped overseas to developing nations
- Child labor is used to dismantle electronics and children often are exposed toxic materials
- Identify theft has been traced to computers found in dumpsters or landfills
- "Recycled" electronics have ended up in heavy metal-tainted jewelry imported to the U.S.
Donated computers refurbished and redistributed by Comp-U-Dopt not only help children develop increasingly necessary technology skills, but they also benefit the environment by providing another generation of use for serviceable computers.
Comp-U-Dopt is committed to safe disposal of unusual electronic components we acquire through donations. We work with recycling organizations that are certified by the EPA or subscribe to the Basel Action Network (BAN) standards. These organizations guarantee that none of our toxic waste ends up in landfills in the U.S. or abroad.