EPA, Others Pushing for E-Waste Awareness


Technology has done much to improve people's lives and spur economic growth. However, with a growing dependence on electronics, we've also begun to see the negative effect technology can have on the environment. If you have any doubts, just take a look at the "60 Minutes" segment focusing on the illegal shipment of electronic waste from the United States.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been an advocate for electronic recycling, which helps lessen the toll on the Earth. The EPA gave IT Business Edge permission to publish "Electronics - A New Opportunity for Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling," one of its guides, which serves as a primer for those wanting to learn how to reduce and recycle e-waste. It also points users to other publications and organizations that deal with e-waste.


INFORM, an organization that studies technologies, practices and products that provide practical solutions to environmental and health-related problems, also uploaded a fact sheet that looks at the benefits of recycling electronics in the U.S. This document references laws in Europe and the U.S. that finance the collection and recycling of discarded electronics.


If you need more video evidence of e-waste, take a look at this video called "The Secret Life of Cell Phones."


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