Most of us are surrounded by electronics in our homes — computers, peripherals, MP3 Players, game consoles and countless other digital gadgets. And each time we upgrade to the latest model, we’ve got an electronic device on our hands that, as far as our own needs are concerned, is obsolete. So where does it go, if not to the growing pile of logoed plastic and metal in the basement? Why not just throw it out?
If you throw out your old electronics, not only are you taking up increasingly scarce landfill space with valuable resources like plastic, metal and glass that could be made into new devices using less energy than it takes with virgin resources, but you’re also putting potentially toxic materials in the ground. Lead, mercury and other substances can leech from old monitors and circuit boards into the air and ground water and possibly affect people’s health. In some countries and many U.S. states, particular electronic components are regulated as hazardous waste. And if that wasn’t convincing enough, its also ILLEGAL. According to California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003.
The Good news is that tomorrow to help raise money for the school and part of Earth Week, there is a E-Waste Drive being held at Castle Heights Elementary School.