Saving the Environment by Recycling VCRs
Basic Information on VCRs
One of America’s favorite ways to spend free time is by watching movies. Movies are an important part of our culture that helps us to be entertained while also giving us a glimpse into the nature of human beings using storytelling as a medium. One of the ways that many people enjoy watching their favorite movies is through video tapes. These tapes are watched with a device called a VCR. These devices were at the peak of their popularity in the 80s and 90s. Now that this technology is being rapidly replaced by DVD and Blu-Ray technology, many individuals are throwing their VCRs away. This is adding to a growing waste management problem in our country. It is estimated that over two million tons of electronic items are being dumped in landfills across the country.
Why You Should Recycle a VCR Rather than Throw it Out
Throwing out your VCR will only add to the growing waste management problem in the United States. As these landfills continue to expand, they will cut into more of the environment and destroy it, upsetting the delicate balance of the planet’s ecosystems. This could lead to plant-eating animals losing their food source and, in turn, carnivorous animals also losing their food source and dying out.
Many of the parts used to make VCRs also contain electronic parts that could mistakenly get eaten by animals or harm the ground where they are dumped.
How VCRs are Recycled
There are tons of different ways that these devices can be recycled. There are many different recycle centers in your area that are geared toward accepting electronic devices like VCRs. When you donate your VCR to the center, they will take the item apart and remove different parts from it. These parts will go toward repairing other important electronic items instead of ending up in a landfill.