WHY?

·      We should recycle our electronics because when we do, we conserve natural resources.

·      By recycling and reducing our waste, we are able to reuse valuable materials from these recycled electronics to make new products.

·      By choosing to recycle electronics, we save energy, reduce our pollution which lowers our individual carbon footprint, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise be emitted from our electronics in landfills.

WHAT Happens When Electronics Get Tossed in Our Landfills?

·      There is extreme amounts of lead in electronics that when it is released into the air from being in landfills.

·      We breathe in these toxic chemicals and it can cause a lot of damage to our central and peripheral nervous systems, which is the blood and kidneys.

·      These toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment can then end up in our soil, water, and air.

·      By choosing to recycle e-waste, it can significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions and decrease the demand for mining heavy metals to create new electronics.

WHERE?

·      There are multiple places you can go to recycle your electronics

       .   Staples and Best Buy

       .   Recycle your computer monitors, appliances, and other smaller electronic items.

·      There are multiple other places where you can deliver your electronic waste around Colorado.

·      There are options at CU Boulder to recycle your e-waste generated on campus,

        .   Campus property is reused at auctions or recycled if not usable... through CU Property Services        

        .   Recycle items like computer disks, DVDS, VHS tapes, and more through CU Recycling

·      If you live near the City of Boulder, the CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) facility will recycle your e-waste and ensure it is safely processed.

IMPORTANCE of Recycling E-Waste

·      Colorado law actually prohibits disposing of electronic devices in landfill.

·      Meaning that in Colorado it is illegal to place any electronics on your curb or in your waste bins for collection and/or disposal.

·      So you must deliver your e-waste to one of the previously mentioned facilities for recycling.

·      This includes all electronics, no matter how big or small.

·      This law is important and provides safety against the environmental hazards seen by having e-waste in landfills.

·      In America alone, 9.4 million tons of electronics are thrown away each year, which is why it is important to recycle your electronics so they can be repurposed into new electronics. 

·      A helpful tip to help reduce your e-waste is to try upgrading, restoring, or repairing your old electronics to make them work as if they were new.