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E-Waste? Don’t Kick It To The Curb [AUDIO]

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If you have unwanted televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers or monitors, don’t put them out on the curb with the rest of the trash. They have to be recycled as part of the state’s Electronic Waste Management Act, now entering its second year. Last year, about 40 million pounds of recycled e-waste was generated through the program.

“The goal is three-fold,” said Larry Ragonese of the Department of Environmental Protection. “To get these items out of landfills, out of incinerators and to reduce contaminants.”

Electronics contain lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc and other materials. Cathode ray tubes contain large amounts of lead. Improperly discarding electronics can expose hazardous chemicals to humans and the environment.

So, what do you do if you have electronics you want to dispose of? “Every county has a recycling center where these items can be taken,” said Ragonese. “There are also a number of electronics retail stores, including Best Buy, who participate in the program. You walk into their store with your old tv, they’ll get you in, process you in a minute and get you right out the door.”

For more information, residents can contact their county solid waste agency or municipal recycling coordinator for e-waste recycling options currently available or visit their website.

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