If you’re reading this post, you have at least one electronics gadget in sight. Chances are there are a couple of others nearby, which is just a small portion of how many you come into contact with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these gadgets usually live a relatively short life, but the good news is that the ever-growing U.S. electronics recycling industry is finding ways to process 4.4 million tons of materials annually, saving precious natural resources.

Learn how it all works in this video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI):

Feature image courtesy of Flickr.com/Wonderlane

By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.