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A Possible Safe Solution for Recycling E-waste:Recycling is an important part of the U.S. economy because it provides raw materials for industry while it saves energy and helps the environment. The ultimate solution would be for the government to require manufacturers to take financial responsibility for the products from beginning to end, and give them incentives to design products with less hazardous materials, and make them more recyclable in U.S. The U.S. can put less e-waste in the landfill and more in the recycling bin, by offering incentives to consumers and businesses to get their old computers, laptops, cell phones, and other electronics out of the closet and into the e-waste stream. Recycling with properly trained and equipped workers is the most reliable and responsible disposal method used by GO GREEN EWASTE RECYCLERS, eliminating the cheaper option used by some other companies and municipalities by sending discarded electronics to poor countries to recycle irresponsibly.















An Overview of Electronic Waste (E-waste) Researchers have reported that at least 60 million PCs have already been buried in U.S. landfills, and about 250 million computers have become obsolete between 2004 and 2009. The question is where will all these electronics go, and what will be the impact on the environment.

The cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in computers and television monitors contain 2-8 pounds of lead, cadmium and neurotoxin, as do printed circuit boards, which is e-waste, and that is one of the largest sources of toxic heavy metal in dumps. Mercury, another neurotoxin, is used in flat panel display screens. Long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium damages kidneys and can lead to lung disease.

PCBs (printed circuit board) are dotted with antimony, silver, tin, chromium and copper, if crushed in a landfill, it might leach metals into soil and water, and if burned in a trash incinerator, it would emit noxious fumes.

Cell Phones – Americans discard about 100 million cell phones a year, even after many of them being refurbished and sold overseas, tens of millions of cell phones end up in the trash. Cell phones add up a big pollution threat because they have the shortest life span among other consumer electronics.

Computers may represent an even bigger problem. About 300 million to 600 million personal computers in the U.S. could be scrapped here or many of them in overseas in the next few years.


What is the Problem with E-waste? Before we consider a possible solution for electronic waste, we first have to identify the problem. Concerns may center around; a) the rapid increase in the amount of discarded electronics, and the fact that waste is growing at an uncontrollable rate, b) how the local and state governments are going to handle the increasing volume of discards, c) the lead used in CRTs and the issue that lead and other heavy metals are not safely contained in landfills, and the fear of lead and other toxics seeping into the ground soil and drinking water. A ton of waste costs about $40 to landfill, compared to $500 cost to recycle. Computer and TV monitors containing lead, cadmium, mercury, and other hazardous materials should be handled with care. According to the EPA, Obsolete electronics (e-waste), represents about 1% of total municipal solid waste, but its environmental impacts are far reaching, with heavy metals that leach into groundwater. A new report by the International Association of Electronics Recyclers predicts that by 2010, about 3 billion units of consumer electronics will be scrapped.


Danger of E-waste in Overseas One easy solution for American companies wanting to dispose of e-waste inexpensively has been to ship old electronics to poor countries where the labor costs for recycling and incinerating are much less. According to Basel Action Network (BAN), 75%-80% of American e-waste wind up in Africa, China, India, and other developing regions – where much of it is processed cheaply, under unsafe and environmentally unsound conditions exposing them to dangerous chemicals. With the flow of e-waste to be increasing, governments must outlaw the export of hazardous electronics to developing countries, and manufacturers must find ways to produce electronic products with fewer dangerous materials. Most e-waste in India is dumped in landfills or incinerated, releasing toxins into the air and soil that according to health experts, can cause cancer, birth deformities and arrested brain development.   

Danger of E-waste in Overseas

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