October 25, 2014
Only 2% of the trash we throw away in the United States is e-waste. Why is that such a big deal? It doesn’t sound like much. After all, we’ve been throwing away lots of cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and other items that take a huge amount of time to decompose.
Unfortunately, most of the plastic bags we use for groceries end up in landfills, as do most of the plastic bottles that we throw away. Plenty of cartons and cardboard boxes, which are actually easy to reuse or recycle, end up in landfills, going to waste and taking up a lot of space. It’s obvious, American’s have a long way to go before we all recycle waste appropriately.
Yes, the rest of our trash is also important, but e-waste, the 2%, is actually responsible for some of the most toxic heavy metals and chemicals in our trash. The electronics we throw away put many dangerous chemicals into the air, water and soil. E-waste even contains toxic chemicals that can hurt the environment.
Recycling e-waste isn’t really complicated. With a little education and some effort, it’s possible to end this crisis. After realizing the dangers of e-waste, as well as the simple solution, you’re sure to get on board, helping us deal with this problem for good.
We want to solve the e-waste problem and we’re looking for others to help us. We want partners, who want to keep e-waste out of the country’s landfills. When partners work with Planet Green, they learn how to start promoting e-waste recycling, and how organizations can earn Planet Green REWARDS too. Now our partners have the chance to help deal with the e-waste problem, ensuring our planet is kept safe, clean and green for everyone.