Data Memory Systems, one of the leading suppliers of computer memory and accessories in America, has urged computer users to dispose of their unused or broken tech properly this Earth Day.
The computer expert, which has decades of experience working within the computer industry, has not only been at the forefront of celebrations and changes in the sector, but has also unfortunately seen first-hand the downsides of technology when it comes to the environment. And as figures suggest that just 12.5% of global e-waste is recycled, and of this, just 29% is handled via the accepted best practice recycling channels, the company is getting wholly behind Earth Day 2017 and encouraging the US population to think about their e-waste before they just throw it away.
A spokesperson for Data Memory Systems, said, “Although we’ve all become more aware of the need for recycling, there is still a lot more we can do – particularly when it comes to old tech. We constantly update our tech, meaning there’s now more waste than ever before. But e-waste is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to releasing toxic substances into the atmosphere from landfills. And the only way to get around this is to dispose of it correctly.”
It is estimated that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year, while recycling circuit boards can be more valuable than mining for ore. One ton of circuit boards is estimated to contain 40-800 times more gold than one metric ton of ore. However despite these startling figures, every year the still United States produces more e-waste than any other country. Currently standing at 9.4 million tons, as the world relies more heavily on technology, this will only rise – unless the population changes its mindset.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated in 192 countries worldwide. Taking place on 22 April, this year it will focus on the importance of taking care of the environment and educating the population about the importance of climate change.
To find out more about DMS, their 30 year history and their impressive range of tech available to purchase online, visit the website: http://www.datamemorysystems.com/