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What to do With E-Waste?

blog Ewaste-pileOur lives are full of gadgets, big and small, that eventually wear out and need replacing—officially going from loyal device to what has been dubbed “e-waste.” More than 2.37 million tons of e-waste was discarded in the United States in 2009, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But most of these items can be recycled (or “e-cycled”), and doing so has big eco-benefits—for example, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in one year, says the EPA. Locally, Santa Cruzans looking to unload their e-waste responsibly can make use of a free e-waste recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 21 at HOPE Services, 220 Lincoln St. in Santa Cruz, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hopeservices.org to learn more.
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written by Brit Krueger for HOPE Services, January 24, 2012
We understand your concern, Laurie. It indeed is critical that people select their e-Waste recycler carefully. HOPE Services works with a State approved recycling company (ECF Refining) which keeps the electronic waste our of landfills and from being shipped overseas. To make it even better, the proceeds benefitHOPE Services' employment programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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written by Laurie Sage, January 17, 2012
What most people don't realize is that much of this e-waste gets shipped to India and Southeast Asia, where little kids 10 years old burn the toxic waste to extract tiny amounts of copper from the wires. These people make less per day than they need for food, and have an average lifespan of less than 20 years. Uniform parts and standardizing parts with toxic substances for extraction are two solutions to this problem. It makes us feel good to recycle, but let's think of the entire picture. Thanks

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