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Happy Earth Month

Happy Earth Month

 

Since 2014 New Yorkers were prohibited from leaving electronics on curbside.  Did you know that starting April 1, 2016 New Yorkers could be fined up to $100 for improperly disposing electronics as per the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Causes International explains that E-Waste is the fastest growing component of hazardous wast sent to our landfills.  The USA is the biggest offender of e-waste worldwide, generating over 9M tons of e-waste annually.  E-waste is 2% of our overall landfill volume, but 70% of our overall toxic waste!  Toxins from electronic waste include: lead, mercury, cadmium, phosphors ,and flame retardants.

Currently, only a sliver of e-waste is recycled properly.  So that no one gets penalized and we don't add further toxic waste to our environment, please refer to the list below:

BRING E-RECYCLING TO YOUR HOME:

Do you live in an apartment with more than 10 units?  If so, you are eligible to have free e-waste pick up! Click here to learn and sign up!

DONATE:

 

WHEN YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING NEW:

    • When you make a new electronics purchase, ask whomever you are purchasing from to take back your old one.  MOST have TAKE-BACK programs that they do not advertise!

     

    It really has become a lot easier over the past decade to recycle.  I personally think the implementation of fees is another good step forward, and I wish they would start charging us for our trash.  Consumers would stop buying from manufacturers that over-packaged and new types of habits would develop on the consumer and manufacturer side...but I digress.  

    Happy Recycling, Happy Earth Month and don't forget to request your donation request form when you are donating a working piece of electronics equipment.  ;)

     

    pic courtesy of Recycling Today

     

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