Green Hotels Association
    April 2015  


Don't Put Electronics in the Trash!

Chances are, many Americans received shiny, new gadgets for the holidays—meaning their old electronics will either collect dust in a closet 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% of e-waste is currently recycled.

Not only is this an environmental nightmare, e-waste also negatively affects our health. As DoSomething.com states, “E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% 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 York. To combat this growing health and environmental threat, as of January 1, 2015, it is now illegal for NY state residents to toss out electronics with their regular trash. This law encompasses just about all the electronic equipment that New Yorkers commonly own, such as computers, DVD players and televisions. Under the new law, residents will have to properly recycle their gizmos or pay a $100 fine per violation.

Electronic equipment, which often contains lead, mercury and cadmium, now makes up the largest and fastest growing component of the hazardous materials entering the waste stream.

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Look online to find businesses that will recycle your electronics at no charge. Staples.com, for instance!

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