How to recycle your electronics the right way: look for e-Stewards recyclers
Most recyclers claim they are “green.” Yet few really are. No matter where you take your e-waste—to collection events, “zero landfill” recyclers, or take-back programs—you should be sure that 100% of the electronics will go to e-Stewards recyclers. It is the only way to be sure that your best intentions to recycle do no harm.
- You can find the closest e-Stewards recycler here.
- Find an e-Stewards public collection event near you.
- If there is an e-waste collection event in your town, ask your town if they hired an e-Stewards recycler.
- If there is an electronics recycler in your area that is not an e-Stewards recycler, tell them you care about the global impacts caused by most ‘recycling’ of electronics, and ask them to become an e-Stewards recycler.
Why you should be worried about your old electronic waste
Every year, an estimated 400 million units of obsolete electronics are scrapped. Yet this complex and toxic waste stream is under regulated and usually exported to poor communities in developing countries, where your ‘recycled’ electronics end up causing long term damage to human health and the global environment. This CBS “60 Minutes” episode describes what happens to our electronic waste in just one region of China. Does this look like responsible recycling to you?
60 Minutes: November 9, 2008