Electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing concern with the speed of ever-changing technology. E-Waste comprises discarded toxic components in these devices, including lead, mercury, and cadmium which can contaminate the environment if not handled correctly.
The United Nations Environmental Protection Agency (UNEP) has stated that more than 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are produced annually (globally). Often the US waste is shipped overseas in the guise of donations. These shipments end up in Africa and China, which do not care if they pollute and poison people.
When you recycle properly, your old e-waste poses no environmental hazard. In the U.S., most states now legislating how e-waste can be recycled and offer drop-off or pick-up services to guarantee safe disposal. In 2010, NYC passed a law that required all electronic equipment manufacturers to start collecting electronics for recycling.
To recycle the e-waste generated at home, look up a local environmental agency or contact a local electronics store to learn about their recycling programs.