Sony Workings to Reduce Environmental Impact of Technology
Environmental Impact As much as Americans love their electronics, the manufacture, use. And disposal of electronic devices pose a threat to the environment and, ultimately. To human health. Electronics manufacturing involves mining – often surface mining – which is bad for the environmental impact for obvious reasons and a number of caustic chemicals use to make print circuit boards and other components. The use of electronics requires the consumption of electricity. Which has a big environmental impact as most of the electricity is produce using fossil fuels and nuclear power. In addition, the batteries that store the energy of our electronic devices are notoriously toxic. And the disposal of electronic devices creates danger because of all the heavy metals they contain. (And not just the TVs that broadcast MTV.)
Arguments for reusing Environmental Impact old electronics:
All of the environmental impact and hazards create a number of good arguments for reusing old electronics as much as possible. Recycling reduces the environmental impact of the amount of mining that must be done. To acquire the raw materials need to make new electronics. Recycling requires less energy than processing the materials that go into electronics from their raw form. And recycling keeps all toxic materials in used electronic devices out of the environmental impact so they can’t harm living things that depend on a clean environmental impact.
Where to take them for recycling:
Of course, the biggest problem with recycled electronics has been figuring out where to take them for recycling. Even recycling old batteries – which is the most toxic electronic component and the component that often wears out first – is difficult, simply because no one knows where to take them. Fortunately, this is improving. With battery recycling drop-off points at Radio Shacks and Lowes Home Improvement centers, but it’s certainly far from universal.
Opening recycling centers across the country:
Today, Sony is making it easier to recycle old televisions by opening recycling centers across the country. The decision to implement this recycling program was prompt by concerns about all analog televisions likely to be thrown in the trash in response to the switch to all-digital television transmissions in the winter of 2009. In an effort to creating a more user-friendly public image, Sony accepts any television environmental impact it produces for free. She considers it responsible for taking care of its products throughout its life cycle. In addition to accepting Sony televisions for free. Sony recycling centers also accept televisions made by other companies for a small fee.
Certainly a step in the right direction:
Sony’s recycling program shows a good dose of initiative and is certainly a step in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go. After all. Televisions are far from the only electronic devices that can be recycled and can harm the environmental impact if not recycled. After all. Instead of being paid to buy the old electronic device. Manufacturers should be able to view the old electronic device as a resource that can be use to create new products more economically. Meanwhile, Sony’s efforts certainly deserve praise.