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How to Responsibly Dispose of your Electronic Goods
By Yvonne Jeffery, Liz Barclay, Michael Grosvenor
As electronic goods, such as televisions, computers, cellphones, and computer-driven toys, as well as automobiles, assume a more prominent position in your home and daily life, they also contribute more to your home's waste. The pace of technology development means that many items that are even a few years old are difficult to reuse, so recycling them has become an essential issue. In 2005, approximately 2 million tons of electronic products were discarded in the United States, and the vast majority of the items went straight into the trash.

Not only does the fast pace of the technology industry represent huge losses of reuse potential for many electronic items, it also creates a toxic waste issue because of the components in many of these products. Electronics such as computer monitors, cellphones, and televisions can contain toxic materials, such as lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. The health of the environment depends on the safe disposal of these components. Thankfully, opportunities for reusing and recycling electronic goods are growing significantly.

The related issues of waste reduction and hazardous waste management have prompted several state governments - including those in California, Maine, Maryland, and Washington - to introduce mandatory electronics recycling programs. Most of these mandates place the responsibility on electronics manufacturers to create recycling programs, with some instituting a recycling fee that's passed on to consumers at the time of a new electronics purchase.

Manufacturers and distributors are putting recycling plans into action, thus joining local businesses that offer electronics recycling. Find an electronics recycler near you through the National Center for Electronics Recycling at

To learn more about recycling televisions, click here.

To learn more about recycling computers, click here.

To learn more about recycling cellphones, click here.

To learn more about recycling automobiles, click here.



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