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Electronic Waste or
e-waste is discarded
consumer electronics

Computers | Laptops |
Televisions | Cell
Phones | Digital
Cameras | Batteries |
Network Equipment |  &
other electronic devices.
With modern technology changing at a rapid pace, the electronic industry is constantly
upgrading & improving computers, cell phones, etc. We as a consumer have a very high rate
of turn over for the equipment that we use. These discarded electronic devices have
amounted to a large quantity of waste that has enter our world. Because of the massive
amounts of electronics present environmental issues regarding toxins inside of these devices.

Electronic toxins: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Nickel, Zinc, Brominated Flame Retardants
Improper handling & dismantling (taking apart) without proper controls, along with just tossing
into the trash can expose hazardous chemical compounds known to negatively affect human
and environmental health. When released into the environment, the toxic components pose a
threat today & tomorrow as well as for all future generations.
"E‐waste is the fastest growing portion of our solid (garbage) waste stream".
Be aware! Know & understand the issues. Purchase wisely. Discard properly. Upgrade your
older system. Recycle using the manufacturer take-­‐back offers or recycling programs.

Everyone needs to do their part in this technology-­‐filled world!

Important Links and Resources
10/P118) TRENTON - In the interest of transparency and engaging public involvement on
important environmental issues, the Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting
preliminary comments on rules the department has drafted for development of a statewide
system of recycling of computers and TVs generated as waste by consumers.

"Recycling is a priority of the DEP, and getting more of this electronic material out of the waste
stream is important to that effort,'' Commissioner Bob Martin said.

"Because of the great deal of public interest and the significant increase in the generation of
this type of waste in recent years, the DEP is going above and beyond its normal rulemaking
process by giving the public, environmental advocates, businesses, and manufacturers of
covered electronic devices an opportunity to provide comments before we formally propose

"The Electronic Waste Management Act bans the disposal of televisions and all personal or
portable computers - including desktop, notebook and laptop computers, as well as computer
monitors - in the regular waste stream beginning Jan. 1, 2011. It requires manufacturers of
these devices to establish and finance a free system for collecting and recycling this waste,
known as electronic waste or e-waste.

The law does not cover cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles or electronic devices
such as radios or TVs found in automobiles, although some county and municipal programs,
nonprofit community service agencies, and businesses that sell electronic devices do collect

Electronic waste is growing two to three times faster than any other component of the waste
stream because of the high turnover in consumer purchases of electronic devices, according
to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Electronic waste contains toxic materials such
as lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium that can end up in landfills or solid waste incinerators if
not recycled.