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12/31/2014

Don’t Put Old Electronic Items in the Trash!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by unityoness2013 @ 9:49 am

Openhearted Rebellion

Snippet from The Environmental News Network – http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/48137

Chances are, many Americans received shiny, new gadgets for the holidays — meaning their old electronics will either collect dust in a closet somewhere or get tossed out.

These unwanted laptops, tablets and printers contribute to the enormous amount of electronic waste, or “e-waste,” that continually piles up in our landfills. According to the EPA, 3.4 million tons of tech gear was trashed in 2012, and unfortunately, only 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled.

Not only this an environmental nightmare, e-waste also negatively affects our health. As DoSomething.com states, “E-waste represents 2 percent of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.”

Without a federal mandate on e-waste, it’s up to individual states to take the lead. One such state is New…

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