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Why it’s important to RECYCLE
Although recycling efforts are improving, e-waste continues to be a major issue. Here are some statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency. . .
Recycling vs Disposal
- Of the 2.25 million tons of TVs, cell phones and computer products ready for end-of-life (EOL) management, 18% was collected for recycling and 82% was disposed of, primarily in landfills.
- From 1999 through 2005, recycling rate was relatively constant at about 15%. During these years, the amount of electronics recycled increased but the percentage did not because the amount of electronics sent for end of life management increased each year as well.
- For 2006-2007, the recycling rate increased to 18%, possibly because several states have started mandatory collection and recycling programs for electronics.
- 68% of consumers stockpile used or unwanted computers in their homes.
- As of January, 2012 Illinois law bans most electronic devices from the landfills.
WHAT ABOUT BATTERIES?? Batteries come is many variations. All RECHARGEABLE batteries contain hazardous materials and should be recycled. You should never have to pay to recycle rechargeable batteries. Single use, non-rechargeable batteries do not contain hazardous materials and can simply be thrown in the trash. Here’s a helpful link with more details on battery recycling and disposal.