What is E-Waste?
Why RECYCLE E-Waste?
Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing segment of the municipal waste stream.
Electronics may contain toxic materials such as lead, barium, mercury, and cadmium, which are harmful to the environment. Computer monitors and televisions containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are considered hazardous waste. Each CRT contains approximately five to eight pounds of lead. CRTs are banned from most landfills.
It is estimated that 50% of the households in the United States own a computer.
Americans discard more than 130 million used cell phones a year. That's four cell phones per second! This adds up to 65,000 tons of potentially toxic waste generated annually. Cell phones should be recycled and not disposed of in Texas landfills or incinerators which could have a widespread impact on public health and the environment.
The toxic material from a single phone is capable of polluting 158,200 gallons of water!
Cell Phones may be recycled at Ben & Jerry's (16155 City Walk) Town Square, Sugar Land
For more information on recycling your e-waste:
- Fort Bend County Recycle Center
- Best Buy
- City of Sugar Land residents
House Bill 2714 was signed into law and went into effect on September 1, 2008. The law requires manufacturers to provide Texas household consumers with free and reasonably convenient collection, re-use and recycling opportunities for certain devices.