Q. What is the Electronic Waste Recycling Act?" A. "The Electronic Waste Recycling Act establishes a national source for collecting, processing, transporting, and managing electronic waste. The Act also provides for the disposal of certain electronic waste by public facilities." (Personal Email, p. 9)
Q. Why is there a need for electronic waste recycling? A. The disposal of electronic waste has become a controversial issue since the effects of electronic pollution have been brought to light. Many environmental groups are opposing the use of mercury and other heavy metals in electronic devices and in the recycling process because of this issue. These groups feel that by recycling the heavy metals, the harmful effects of electronic pollution will not take place. You can get more enlightened on this topic by reading here: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste.
Q. How are electronic waste recycling programs carried out? A. There are many different methods of electronic waste recycling programs that are used by various environmental organizations and companies. Most recycling programs involve separating the metals contained in electronic waste by size and/or material.
Q. How are electronic waste recycling programs regulated? A. All states have laws and regulations regarding the separation of electronic waste and the transport of electronic devices, but these laws vary greatly from one state to the next.
Q. Is recycling necessary if I can dispose of my old electronics using common devices such as an old washing machine? A. If your old electronic equipment still has value, it might be possible to sell the unwanted pieces to recyclers; however, in most cases, such things are replaced by new items, making the recasting of the items unnecessary. Browse through: e-wasteonline.com/ for more details about the topic.
Q. Is there a way to protect my family from the dangers of electronic pollution? A. Mercury vapors emitted from broken TV or computer monitors, for example, can be very dangerous to humans.
Q. How do I tell whether my household electronic devices are currently emitting dangerous toxins into the atmosphere? A. Many common devices such as televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and computers contain lead, which is released into the atmosphere when toxic materials such as mercury are created during the manufacturing process.
Q. Is it safe to use rechargeable batteries to power my electronic devices? A. Most batteries, including those made with nickel cadmium, lithium ion, or lithium polymer, are considered to be safe to use as far as their effect on the environment are concerned, but you should dispose of them responsibly - just make sure you know what kind of materials they're made of.
Q. Can electronic devices be recycled through an electronic recycling program? A. Yes, you can. There are some companies like e-Waste LLC that offer this service and you may want to consider them if your household electronic devices require a specific type of disposal.