Recycling old, obsolete, or damaged electronics helps the environment by keeping these devices out of the landfills. Recycling hazardous waste, which includes most electronics, can reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The water, air, and soil pollution that occurs when these products are manufactured are reduced because recycling means that companies use less raw material, which makes the entire process more environmentally friendly on both the front and back end of production.
Even if old electronics don’t make their way to the landfill as they are, they still must be disposed of if you just throw them out. In some cases, this means that they are incinerated. This can lead to an increase in air pollution. In some cases, the improper disposal of them can lead to hazardous materials polluting the water supply in your community — something that no one wants to contribute to.