31 Aug '12, 9pm

What happens to the electronics we recycle?

What happens to the electronics we recycle?

Our need to have the latest gadgets and gizmos means there is a growing supply of cellphones, computers, televisions and other electronics that need recycling. The amount of outdated electronics — or e-waste — piling up is mind boggling and best measured in tons. Americans have about 100 million old TVs stored in closets, basements and garages, according to a 2007 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 230,000 tons of old electronics were collected for recycling last year through the eCycling Leadership Initiative of the Consumer Electronics Association . Many state and local governments conduct e-waste collection events. Arizona, for example, collects and recycles about 15 million pounds of old TVs, computers and other electronics each year. There are many reasons to recycle electronics — copper, steel, gold, silver. The wiring in some older desk top com...

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