Earth Day and Recycling Electronics Year Round
Earth Day, held annually every year on April 22’nd, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement of 1970. During this time period there were few regulations placed on factories or the common consumer. Factories spewed out smoke and sludge without fear of legal consequences or bad press. Americans were using leaded gas in massive V8 sedans. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. Mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and the impact they were making on the ecosystem.
Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the ravages of an oil spill in 1969 on the Santa Barbara coast. He then had the idea for a national day to focus on the environment. This was during the time when the student Vietnam anti-war movement was going strong. Nelson realized he could use the energy of the students to force environmental protection into the national political agenda. On April 22, 1970 millions of Americans took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast to coast rallies, Earth Day was born. Earth Day has now reached its current status as the largest secular observance in the world. It is celebrated by more than a billion people every year.
E-waste is a term used regularly in the recycling business. This term refers to any electronic device that is outdated, obsolete, broken, donated, discarded or at the end of its useful life. With how quickly technology is growing and expanding more and more e-waste is generated every year. Often these discarded devices end up in landfills or are incinerated, ridding yourself of these electronics in this way can cause major environmental problems in our communities. Many of these electronic devices contain extremely hazardous materials. Electronics disposed of in landfills have chemicals in them that can leach into the ground contaminating our soil and water. Electronics that are incinerated can release dangerous chemicals in to the atmosphere. Not responsibly recycling your electronics can lead to dangerous impacts on the health of plants, animals, our communities, and the Earth as a whole.
Fortunately, the simple solution to limiting the dangerous effects of careless e-waste disposal is safe and responsible recycling. By safely and responsibly recycling your e-waste all year round, you can help protect your community and the ecosystem from dangerous chemicals that can be found in many of your electronic devices.