The Altamont Enterprise Opinion 20 Janbuary 2016: The United States produces more electronic waste than any county on Earth yet has no national laws on how to dispose of it and no plants to recycle it.
The average American uses 24 electronic products, according to the
Consumer Electronics Association. This can include cell phones,
e-readers, computers, televisions, video games, and even hearing aids.
In 2010 — and the amount is increasing rapidly every year — the United
Sates generated 2.44 million tons of electronic waste, known as e-waste,
according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. But less than
a quarter of it was recycled.
Recycling e-waste is essential for two reasons — it contains toxic
substances like mercury, lead, cadmium, and beryllium. It also contains
precious and special metals like gold, silver, platinum, and...read on.