Are there opportunities and facilities
You may receive a new computer, television, or cell phone for the holidays. Although it is great to update and experience the benefits of new technology, there are some drawbacks to consider. If you just take electronic products to the landfill, or throw them in your trash can at home, you are wasting valuable recyclables and may increase the potential for hazardous components in the electronics to be released into the environment.
Beyond this simple fact, the equipment also takes up space in the landfill. Remember to purchase rechargeable batteries instead of standard alkaline for toys and gifts. It is important to recycle the rechargeable batteries once they no longer hold a sufficient charge. The majority of electronics contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. These materials could seep into the soil at an improperly managed landfill, and eventually end up in our streams and Bay harming aquatic life.
Most counties have facilities available to collect your electronic waste. These products are either repaired and reused or broken down into various components (plastic, precious metals and batteries), and then are recycled to make new electronics or other products. This helps reduce the amount of resources that need to be taken from the earth to manufacture new products.
Equipment like computers and cell phones are often refurbished and given to schools and charities. These organizations either use the equipment, or provide it to students learning how to work on and repair these devices.
Learn more about electronics recycling on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s website at: www.mde.state.md.us/ecycling or by contacting Hilary Miller at 410-537-3314 or by email at email@example.com