Dan and I are very aware during our morning commutes (rabbits are cuter than tvs). I found this lonely straggler on my block two days ago on my way to work. I assume it was left for the bulk trash collectors or maybe for someone to enjoy a 1950’s TV. Regardless, electronics have a proper home too and it’s not with bulk trash collectors, it’s with proper electronics recyclers. All of the electronics we use on a daily basis contain dozens of chemicals you and I have trouble pronouncing and many that have been grandfathered in under the Toxic Substances Control Act (where the threat to human health is untested/undetermined). When electronics are broken down and collected with bulk trash chemicals are released and tamper our air, soil and water and more recently it’s been found that electronics waste (aka e-waste) is now being shipped overseas into developing countries. Due to our digital era, e-waste is the fastest growing waste sector. Many retailers like Best Buy and Staples recycle old computers and laptops, and many e-manufacturers will recycle televisions; you can find everything you need on how to recycle your electronics here. Just this month I carried my old printer on the metro to be recycled at Staples near my office. If you have any questions about electronics pickups in your town I would call your local Department of Public Works or City Hall official.
I hope this was helpful, and enjoy the rest of your week. The Green Light will now be posting on Sundays as well. Cheers.