Was Santa Claus good to you this year, too? Did you get that new 3D flat screen TV, new iPad or iPhone, PC/Mac upgrade, or other techno-gadget?
Congratulations, join the crowd and enjoy! But, what to do with the old?
In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States estimated that the U.S. alone generates about 2 million tons of e-waste per year. More recently, estimates claim that the UK generates 1.8 million tons per year. In a 2009 report, the UN assessed that worldwide, we generate as much as 50 million tons per year. These mountains of e-waste contain lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and other toxins (more…)