Do you know where your unwanted electronics waste goes? Maybe it is time to know the truth.
Now is the time to take action against the global problem of shipping electronic waste overseas according to the article “Electronic waste refining could be big business of the U.S.” posted on the website of The Guardian, a respected UK business and recycling news site. The US Environmental Protection Agency claims that 438 million new consumer electronics were sold in America during 2009 and it has been estimated that 80% of the e-waste accumulated ends up in a landfill domestically or outside the US.
This is a waste of valuable precious materials that could otherwise be extracted and refined back to their purest form for new products. Did you know one ton of circuit boards contains about 500 grams of gold? Unfortunately, consumers, businesses, and municipalities are throwing money away by not taking advantage of responsible recycling. And, the bad news is we still don’t understand the full effects this has on the environment.
The solution is to educate US citizens on this growing global problem and work with ethical e-Stewards Certified ® companies like ECS Refining featuring it’s award winning consumer web site – myecollective. You can help change the shape of what matters most to you, our country, and the rest of our planet. Make sure you know the facts about ethical recycling and that you, your cities and schools, and local businesses work with recyclers that ensure in no electronics are sent to landfill or sent overseas.