Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Electronic Recycling 101

E-Waste is one of the fastest growing types of wastes in the world. E-waste is electronic products, such as computers, radios, cell phones, and televisions that have not been properly discarded causing health and pollution problems from the serious containments, such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants. Most consumers don’t know how and where to appropriately recycle these types of items.

One effective way to dispose of electronic items is during periodic disposal dates that counties set throughout the year at various locations. Bring your used electronic items to a disposal site and allow them to recycle them for you. This is a simple option to help reduce the environmental problems that are caused by the incorrect disposal of electronic items. To learn more about when and where these events will occur visit your county’s website.

Most people think of Best Buy as a mega electronic store, but Best Buy created Greener Together™, a program to assist people in safely disposing of their old electronics. They have coined the term “e-incarnated” which they use to describe how they accept old electronic products in an effort to turn them into new and better products in the future. People can bring in up to two items a day, per household. A few items come with a $10 charge, yet Best Buy will reimburse you with a $10 gift card. There are only a few items that Best Buy does not accept in the program which include, internal and external computer hard drives, electronics containing Freon, appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers.

If you are having trouble locating a periodic disposal site or don’t have a Best Buy in the neighborhood, landfills will often accept electronic products to be recycled free of charge. All of these options are an effort to help reduce the environmental impacts that e-waste causes the planet.

1 comment:

  1. Many states have already made it illegal to put e-trash in landfills.Unwanted computers and similar equipment are rapidly clogging our landfills and pose an environmental hazard.

    According to an EPA report in 2009, Americans generated 3 million metric tonnes of unwanted electronics, only 17.7% of that was recycled. The rest was incinerated or put in landfills.

    Other EPA e-waste statistics estimate that 68% of people are storing their ewaste in their homes.

    Bluegrass E-Cycle provides computer and electronics recycling Louisville KY, Cincinnati OH, Charleston WV, and surrounding states.


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