Why should we recycle electronics?
Nearly everyone owns electronics. When upgrading to a new cell phone or computer you’ve probably wondered what to do with your old one. Every year, nearly 50 million metric tons of electronics are destined for disposal.* But these products can contain lead, cadmium, mercury, and other hazardous wastes and 80% of this material ends up in landfills.
This improper disposal of electronics, as well as illegal dumping, illegal exporting, and unsafe rural smelting overseas, severely impacts both the environment and human health. The hazardous material they contain can pollute the air, contaminate soil, and leach into water supplies. Health risks range from kidney disease to brain damage to genetic mutations.
Discarding electronics can also present a variety of privacy, security, and intellectual property concerns.
But this doesn’t have to happen. Nearly every electronic and its parts – including glass, metals, and plastics – can be recycled and reused.
The right way to recycle for all the right reasons
Focused on sustainability, health and safety, environmental impact, and data security, Cohen’s comprehensive electronics recycling solutions enable you to rest assured your electronics won’t end up in a landfill, and your private data won’t end up in the wrong hands.
Our strict downstream auditing process ensures all materials are handled properly and our EPA-endorsed Responsible Recycling (R2) certification guarantees your electronics are recycled in a safe, effective manner at over 20 Recycling Centers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Consumers, corporations, and municipalities choose Cohen because we are:
- The largest family-owned recycler in the North America, recycling 1.25 million tons/year.
- Experienced recycling experts, in business since 1924.
- Focused on quality and service.
- Environmentally responsible, one the first U.S. companies with the Responsible Recycling (R2) certification.
- Trusted and secure, making sure your data is 100% completely unrecoverable.
What Can I Recycle?
Nearly every electronic and its parts can be recycled and reused.
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Where Can I Recycle?
There are over 20 Cohen Recycling Centers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
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Enterprise Recycling Solutions
Cohen will pickup and process all of your obsolete electronics, onsite and/or in our secure facility. Learn more about Cohen’s Enterprise Recycling Solutions »
How Does Recycling Work?
Electronics go through several steps before they are completely recycled.
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