Electronic Waste & Wireless Technology
Electronic Waste (E-waste)
Don't throw away that old computer or monitor, it has hazardous components that are not allowed in the landfill. E-waste includes products made with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), which contain high levels of lead and are no longer accepted at the landfill. Other products containing hazardous electronic materials may include:
- Cell phones
- Computer CPUs and all types of monitors
- Hi-fi stereo equipment
Because these items cannot be disposed of at the landfill, the hauler must make separate arrangements for collection. Once the item is collected it is shipped to a deconstruction site where it is stripped of all contaminants and then sent to the landfill. The contaminants are sent to a hazardous waste processing plant to be properly disposed of. If you have e-waste to be disposed of, contact Waste Management at 800-423-9986 for curbside pickup.
Recycling Wireless Technology
New Rule to Spike Cell Phone Tossing - Washington, D.C. A new rule taking effect November 24 will allow cell phone users to keep their phone numbers if they buy new cell phones or switch providers. News sources are reporting that this will result in accelerated cell phone disposal in landfills during the next few months. To anticipate the e-waste glut, the wireless industry has launched a website offering recycling tips to consumers.