e-waste is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s waste supply, comprising 5% of the country’s total trash volume. According to EPA, 3.01 million tons of e-waste, from cell phones to computers, was generated in 2007, and only 13.6% of that was recycled. The real danger is the toxic substances contained in electronics including lead, mercury, brominated flame retardants, phosphorous coatings, and PVC plastics, that create dioxins when burned. These toxic materials can be easily released upon disposal, posing a threat to the environment and your health.
So what is a tech-savvy, yet environmentally conscious consumer to do? … Read More »