Sponsor Post: Things You Might Not Know About E-Waste
Posted Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10:00AM
These days, our culture is more and more fact-driven. We like to make our personal, ethical, and business choices based on the latest information, which is right at our fingertips with the help of technology. Sometimes, just knowing the true facts about how our actions and choices are affecting our community or the environment is enough to push us to do something about it. Well, now it's time to start learning the facts about e-waste so that we can all begin to do something about it!
If you haven't started recycling your e-waste, including cell phones, computers, printers, and other electronics, now is the time to start. Maybe these interesting e-waste facts will help you find some motivation:
- According to dosomething.org, less than 20% of America's e-waste is recycled each year; this means only about 60 to 80 million electronic items out of the 300 to 400 million that are dumped are recycled every year.
- The Environmental Protection Agency is currently attempting to dramatically reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills. The main reason for this is that electronic waste accounts for a large percentage of contaminants, including cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, that are found in landfills. These toxins can leach into the environment and have been shown to cause cancer, neurological damage, reduced IQ in children, and miscarriages in women.
- The EPA also wants to see more e-waste recycled than trashed because valuable metals such as copper, silver, and gold can be stripped from electronics and put back into the economy.
- Recycling e-waste is surprisingly easy, as more and more ethical, American electronic waste recycling companies are popping up around the nation. They will often take e-waste for free so they can break it down and recycle or sell the component parts!
Americans are taking great steps forward in order to reduce the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills around the country, but we still have a long way to go. The best way you can help is by finding a way to put your e-waste to good use in reuse programs and to recycle electronics that are no longer usable.
About Recycle San Diego
Recycle San Diego is the area’s preeminent provider of recycling services, including electronics recycling, battery recycling, ewaste drop-off and pickup services and business waste management. Recycle San Diego also offers ewaste collection events, hard drive destruction and paper shredding services. Learn more at RecycleSanDiego.org.
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