Electronics Recycling Is Not Necessary

Electronics waste comprises a very small percentage of room in America's landfills.

| Nondurable goods "2 Containers and packaging

J Food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes

2 Large and small appliances

■ Funiture and furnishings

Rubber tires and batteries | Consumer electronics 2 Miscellaneous durables

Taken from: EPA, "Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures.11 p. 70.

Massachusetts, and Minnesota—to ban desktop display monitors from landfills; another half a dozen have pending legislation.

Ironically, the problem is not so much electronic waste itself, but what to do with the enormous quantities of e-waste if lawmakers choose to ban it from landfills. Furthermore, lead and other compounds are considered by some experts to be safer when contained in landfills than during the recycling process when they become exposed. Finally, the cost difference is astronomical. Where a ton of e-waste can cost $500 to recycle, it costs only $40 to landfill. . . .

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