How can EPA help consumers increase their donations of used electronics to 3rd-party-certified electronics recyclers? How can EPA leverage its partnerships with manufacturers and recyclers to encourage the use of certified recyclers that use the best Environmental Sound Management (ESM) practices and create domestic jobs?
Americans recycle 34% of the 250 million tons of trash they produce in a year. While this represents progress, there are many more opportunities to recycle and conserve resources – including recycling of used electronics.
Americans discard more than 2 million tons of obsolete electronic products annually, such as cell phones and computers. While 27% of the discarded electronics are recycled, 73% ends up in our landfills (Read the full report, Electronics Waste Management in the United States through 2009, PDF). The rapid growth of the consumer electronics sector presents unique new challenges and opportunities for increasing recycling of these products. EPA encourages Americans to donate their used electronics to 3rd-party certified recyclers or drop them at collection points including retailers and municipalities that work with 3rd-party certified recyclers. Using 3rd-party-certified recyclers helps to ensure that used electronics are recycled under safe and environmentally protective conditions.
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