The Insanely High Cost of Our Throw-Away CultureEach day, Americans throw away more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers containing lead, mercury and other toxins.
Because most parts of the US have no requirements to recycle, most electronics end up in the local landfill where the toxins leach out over time. Since many landfills don’t have leachate collection systems, the toxins end up in the groundwater.
Some of the items which are ‘recylcled’ end up in third world countries where they pollute the environment and endanger the health of the people doing the recycling.
Some states incinerate their trash and the toxins end up in the air and then in the environment, in the food and water and in our bodies.
The cost of electronics to the environment is not just the toxic waste. It is also the destruction caused by the oil for the plastics, the mining and smelting for the metals, the transportation, the packaging and so forth.
Some more civilized countries require that electronic waste be recycled and that the recycling be done in local facilities that meet environmental and health requirements. A small fee is added to the price of all new electronics to cover the cost. This policy protects the environment, help reduce the cost of new products and provides local jobs.
A person’s contribution to the destruction of the planet can be measured by how much trash they produce. You might want to ask yourself – how much trash do you produce, what kind is it, where did it come from and where is it going?
You can help your community by educating others about the problem and then starting a petition to require appropriate recycling of electronics (and other items).
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