As consumer electronics both proliferate and evolve, an increasing amount of obsolete or unwanted devices are entering the waste stream. For years, unwanted or unusable electronics, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones, computers, and more, were discarded in landfills with most other trash. Now, many states have banned the disposal of electronics in landfills, instead encouraging or requiring individuals and businesses to recycle devices.
E-waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream, according to Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment. But these devices often contain toxic materials, including mercury, lead, bromide, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants. These substances have the potential to leach into the soil and ground water. Read more