On the Radio: Environmental e-waste disposal


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests environmentally friendly options for e-waste disposal.

No longer want your old computer? Neither does your local landfill.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

As technology rapidly changes, many people are looking to replace their old electronics. Some of these electronics, such as computers, TVs, cell phones and DVD players, are referred to as “E-Waste.”

E-Waste is responsible for 40 percent of the lead and 75 percent of the heavy metals in landfills. Both materials are toxic and can leach into the groundwater if disposed of incorrectly.

Instead of throwing out E-Waste, consider the electronics recycling options in your area. Your local Goodwill and many electronics manufacturers offer E-Waste recycling programs, and many Iowa cities offer similar services as well. The EPA and Iowa DNR websites contain lots of information on the best recycling options for various electronics.

For more information, including links to E-Waste resources, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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