Benefits of Recycling Your Old Dental Equipment

We are constantly being reminded to recycle our waste, cut down on our use of plastic, and reuse old items where we can. We know by doing these sorts of things, we will be helping to ‘save the planet’, but how exactly?
 

What are the real benefits of recycling?

Seeing as we have our very own "Equipment Recycling Facility" here at the Dental Edge Uk, we wanted to explain what benefits come from recycling your dental equipment.

1. Reducing Landfill Space

Landfills are growing at a rapid rate not only in the UK, but around the world, meaning we are constantly trying to find more and more space to dump our waste.
By recycling your it waste, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, and therefore minimising the space required for our rubbish.

2. Preventing Toxic Waste

When e-waste is taken to landfill sites, not only does it take up space, but electrical items also release harmful toxins which are not only be damaging to the environment, but also to the health of living species.
Dental equipment contains chemicals such as lead, mercury, beryllium and cadmium. When your equipment is recycled, you are preventing the chemical toxins being released into water and the air and reducing environmental pollution.

3. Improved Health

As mentioned before, the chemicals from electronic waste can also be damaging to living species. The toxins released from these chemicals through the air or water, can cause health complications such as brain and kidney damage.
By recycling your old devices/equipment, you are helping to keep our air and waters clean and safe to use.

WEEE guidlines GOV.UK

WEEE guildlines HSE