The Problem of e-waste
Discarded computers and other consumer electronics (called "e-waste") are the fastest growing portion of our waste stream. There are hundreds of millions of old computers, electronics and TV's that are no longer being used and are ready for disposal. But these products are full of toxic materials, like lead, mercury, beryllium, and other chemicals which are extremely dangerous to humans and harmful to the environment. We need to keep them out of our landfills or incinerators to keep these harmful chemicals from leaching into our groundwater or polluting our air. GarbageMan, A Green Company is committed to seeing e-waste recycled.
GarbageMan Solutions to E-Waste:
Although GarbageMan, A Green Company cannot accept electronic pickup in Minnetonka, we encourage you to check out "Recycle It America". Though we are not affiliated with this organization, GarbageMan loves the idea - You can keep track of your device, the shipping status, and receive rewards options. RecycleItAmerica.com takes care of everything ...and the shipping is FREE!
Another excellent resource for e-waste disposal is the Hennepin County website - they have a disposal guide with many resources and lists of places and companies to use for disposal.
For more information about e-waste and recycling options, also check out these excellent resources:
- Electronics take-back coalition: www.computertakeback.com
- The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Household Hazardous Waste
- greenguardian.com A Twin Cities Metro environmental education site
- twincitiesfreemarket.org A place to post unwanted items instead of throwing them away