The EPA estimates that in 2010, Americans threw away 143,000 computers every day. More than 400 million obsolete electronics are discarded in America every year. While advances in technology continue to improve and enrich our lives, product lifecycles are getting shorter and shorter. This means an increasing amount of outdated electronic equipment that needs to be recycled properly. When discarded, much of this equipment ends up in landfills in the US, or is exported to developing countries.
Electronic equipment contains harmful toxins which, when released into the environment, can contaminate drinking water, soil and the atmosphere. Lead, mercury, cadmium and flame-retardants are all persistent, bio-accumulative toxins (PBTs) that cause birth defects and damage coronary, respiratory, nervous and skeletal system function.
While there are many ways to dispose of unwanted electronics, there are few guarantees that the resulting electronic waste will be disposed of responsibly. GreenCitizen is working to change the way electronics are discarded. Read More