Electronics - A New Opportunity for Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

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Electronics are a fast-growing segment of the waste heading to landfills. This guide will help your company get started on a path toward reusing and recycling old electronics to go green and save money.

In the past decade, technological advances in electronic data management and communications have spurred economic growth and improved people's lives in countless ways. However, our growing dependence on electronic products both at home and in the workplace has given rise to a new environmental challenge: electronics waste.

A recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that electronics already make up approximately one percent of the municipal solid waste stream. Research completed in Europe shows that electronics waste is growing at three times the rate of other municipal waste. To the extent possible, electronics waste should be prevented, and older electronics should be reused and recycled.

The following guide serves as a primer for those wanting to learn how to reduce and recycle electronics waste. It also points users to other publications and organizations that deal with e-waste.

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Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors in downtown Washington, D.C., on December 2, 1970. EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends.

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