Recycling E-waste Supports Global #EarthHour Movement
At 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2105, hundreds of millions of people across the globe will switch off the non-essential lights of homes and businesses for one hour. This growing worldwide movement is intended to get as many people as possible focused on a commitment to the planet earth. The goal when the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) started the event in Australia in 2007, was to engage their citizens on the issue of climate change.
Within a year, Earth Hour grew beyond the Australian borders to reach 371 cities in 35 countries across the globe and included major landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. By 2010, 128 countries were participating and in 2012 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories were committing to turning their lights off from 8:30 – 9:30pm local time. Only 8 years from its inception, over 162 countries will participate with hundreds of millions engaged in the ideals of environmental protection.
GEEP is proud that we support the goals of the Earth Hour movement every day. With the recycling of electronics that we do 24-hours a day, seven days per week, we are preserving energy and the earth’s natural resources with every piece of electronics we touch. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 American homes in a year. And, if we recycled all of the approximately 100 million cell phones that were retired just last year in the United States alone, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year. That’s 162 million energy hours!
When we recycle one million cell phones we are able to recover 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium. That means that those precious metals do not end up in a landfill, they can be reused and the energy needed to mine the same amount is saved.
Earth Hour has gone beyond just switching off lights and has become a vehicle for people to achieve environmental outcomes. We support the many people, companies, and governments that will be committing through their actions to make a difference for the planet on Saturday, March 28. Our earth deserves for all of us not only to care, but to act. #EarthHour #IWIYW