In an effort to reduce the impact of electronic waste to our landfills and our environment, Bachus & Schanker, LLC recently sponsored an electronic waste collection effort. When you consider 65 million PCs become obsolete and 130 million cell phones are discarded every year, it's no wonder E-waste is growing at a rate 3 times faster than any other waste stream.
What is E-waste? E-waste is the rapidly expanding volume of obsolete computers, printers, fax machines, TVs and any other electronic device, including broken or unwanted coffee makers, game systems, radio, vacuums, hairdryers, cameras... basically anything that you would plug in electronically.
GRX, a genuine recycler dedicated to the proper handling of electronic waste, currently processes 400-450 tons of material each month. They do not export to developing countries, landfill hazardous materials or use prison labor.
At Bachus & Schanker, LLC we are proud to announce that we were able to safely dispose of more than 75 pounds of potentially toxic E-waste.
E-waste is the rapidly expanding volume of obsolete computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, and other electronic devices finding their way into the waste stream of the United States and other countries.
130 Million cell phones are discarded every year
65 Million PCs become obsolete each year
Problems with E-waste:
E-waste represents only 3% of the volume in our nation's landfills, but accounts for 40% of the lead and 70% of the heavy metals. E-waste is growing at a rate 3 times faster than any other waste stream.
Currently, up to 80% of US E-waste is exported to developing countries where impoverished workers pick apart motherboards and shatter leaded screens in search of a chip of gold or a strand of copper.
More than 70% of children in E-waste hub of Giuyu, China suffer from lead poisoning
Air in Taizhou, and Giuyu China contains the highest levels of dioxin in the world due to the burning of computer wire to expose copper
State of Colorado
It is against the law for businesses in Colorado to "throw away" electronics, and there is a landfill ban on CRTs (monitors, TVs)
A lack of comprehensive E-waste legislation in Colorado has led to numerous "recycling companies" that are no more than international waste distributors.
Currently, 10 states have comprehensive E-waste legislation
Basel Action Network (BAN): International organization dedicated to stopping the transport of toxic waste to developing countries and encouraging responsible recycling.