What is e-Waste?
Unwanted consumer and business electronic products and equipments, nearing the end of their useful life are called e-Waste or e-sprap. Computers, Computer components, TVs, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, tapes, CDs, Stereos, Telephones, Cell Phones, PDAs, Cameras, Chargers, Power Adapters, Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax machines, Ink and Toner Cartridges, Networking equipments (servers, routers), Cables, Cords & Connectors, Lithium Ion (Rechargeable) Batteries, Digital Cable boxes, MP3 players (iPOD etc), Video Games systems, Stereo Equipment, Audio-Video equipment, Appliances (Washers, Dryers, Refrigerator, Stove, Dishwasher, Oven, Stove, Trash compactor, Water heaters, microwave, fitness equipment, A/C unit, to name a few : There may be a fee involved) are common electronic products. Basically, anything that you can plug in is e-Waste.
Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. e-Waste cannot be put in trash or standard recycling. Disposing of e-Waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts. These can be toxic and will pollute the air, ground, & water.
Besides, e-Waste there is HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE that you cannot put into trash or standard recycling. Improper disposal is against the law.
Household hazardous waste is:
- Paint, stain, varnish, thinner and adhesives
- Auto products such as old fuel, motor oil, oil filters and batteries
- Household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc.)
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Cleaners and sprays
- Garden products, including pesticides and fertilizers
- Prescription Medication
These website are very useful for recycling information:
Once a year EWC holds a e-WASTE COLLECTION and RECYCLING DRIVE. Please check under Upcoming Events tab to find out when the next drive is. You can also start your own in your community!