Earth Day 2018 – Metal Recycling and You!
Why are the numbers so low, and how can I help?
The comparatively low percentage of metal recycling is due to a few factors. One of the biggest is the complexity of modern electronics makes it challenging to sort out the different metals and reprocess them. As mentioned earlier, sorting non-ferrous metals is also difficult. The two largest factors though are unfortunately laziness and shortsightedness. People and companies often just don’t care enough to take the time to recycle metals.
How you may ask? At the most basic level, stick to the slogan; reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Reduce the amount of excess metal you need
- Reuse metals as often as you can
- Take the time to recycle that metal
Other things that you can do, especially if you are in a design or management position:
- Design products that are easier to disassemble and separate
- Improve your the recycling infrastructure of your company/agency
Lastly, something that everyone can do is to look for “hibernating” products. That is, look for old or unused devices and materials sitting in places like closets, drawers, garages, and recycle those!
It will take a lot of work to adjust our methods and culture to prioritize being green, but it’s work that is crucial and has massive value to us all. Do your best to improve and encourage others to do the same. Let’s take better care of our home!