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Why Reducing Landfill Waste Matters

by REUZEit Team | Aug 19, 2021 | Circular Economy, Lab Equipment, Landfill Last

As technology advances, e-waste is becoming the most rapidly growing waste problem in the world. We generate about 50 million tons of it every year. This is equivalent to throwing out 1000 laptops every single second. Needless to say, that’s a lot of trash! At REUZEit we feel a social responsibility to do our part in reducing landfill waste and spreading awareness of the effects of e-waste on our environment.

What is E-Waste?

Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a term used to describe a piece of electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. When a cold storage freezer, mass spectrometer, computer, or centrifuge no longer has use to a facility, it is considered e-waste. The item may be obsolete, needs repair, or is just long longer needed.

Where Does E-Waste go?

Electronics like this often get thrown away rather than recycled. The recycling process for e-waste can be cumbersome and complicated.  For this reason, many of these items end up in landfills, causing harm to Earth and its inhabitants. The improper disposal of e-waste leads to contamination of water and soil. These toxins that get absorbed by our environment are known to negatively impact health through damage to the brain, kidney, liver, heart, and skeletal system. 

How Do We Reduce the Negative Effects of e-Waste?

The best way to reduce the negative effects of e-waste is to recycle, repair, or reuse. Consider giving your e-waste to an R2 certified e-waste recycler like ERI for R2 certified recycling, or selling/donating your electronic items in order to prolong their life and delay their trip to a potential landfill. There are many services available that specialize in the repair of used lab equipment. 

REUZEit: The All-in-One Solution for Used and Surplus Lab Equipment

Investing in laboratory equipment for your scientific research is a necessary cost, and we’re committed to providing you with options that you can fit into your budget. At REUZEit, our products are highly reliable and can often be purchased with a 30-day warranty. We also offer financing options on our used lab equipment. Money saved on one product can be used to finance another resource that is just as important to your progress. Whether you’re searching for innovative chemistry lab equipment or looking to replace broken lab equipment, REUZEit offers low-cost solutions that work as hard as you do. Browse the best surplus and gently used biotech and pharmaceutical equipment on the market! Check out our USA-based store or our European-based store to shop discount laboratory equipment.

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