Electronic waste (e-waste) is the term used to describe discarded electronic devices. Many unwanted electronics (computers, laptops, mobile phones, TVs, DVD players, mp3 players, etc.) contain hazardous waste including toxic heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, copper, and aluminum. Incorrect disposal of these items can lead to health problems and environmental pollution.
Freelance writer, Heather Levin wrote an interesting piece on e-waste facts, statistics & solutions. The author has some great tips on recycling your e-waste safely, including:
- Find and use a certified e-waste recycler through the Basel Action Network (BAN).
- Check with your local government, schools and universities for additional information on recycling your e-waste. Some civic institutions have designated “drop-off” days.
- Best Buy offers a recycling program in all of their stores. Furthermore, they state that your e-waste will not end up in a foreign country or in any landfill.
Another option is to donate your unwanted cell phones to a worthy organization, such as:
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- Secure The Call Non-Profit Organization
- The 1 Million Project