Electronics produce one of the fastest growing “waste streams” in the world.Nearly 2 million tons of used electronics are discarded each year. An estimated 130 million cell phones alone are retired from use annually. With an ample supply of newer, faster electronic products on the market, Americans continually replace older models.
Most electronics contain hazardous or toxic materials.Many electronic devices contain lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury and PCBs. Batteries can contain cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, zinc, manganese, lithium, or potassium. Toxic substances break down and leach into land, food and drinking water. In some areas, environmental and health code enforcement can be weak and improperly-disposed materials end up in water supplies or burned, creating an inevitable consumption that harms those who live in proximity to these conditions.
Negative effects of improper disposal:
Watch the CBS 60 Minutes report for more details.
Pennsylvania law now prohibits putting old computers and televisions out with the trash.
· 2013 PA Law bans trash pickup of TVs, computers
· 2011 PA Recycling Law makes e-recycling of some items FREE for consumers.