E-Trash is a Growing Problem

E-Trash is a Growing Problem
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Technology is changing rapidly and everyone has to have the newest device. Americans own about 25 electronic devices per household. But what happens to all of the old cellphones, TVs,...

Guy Brighton
  • 9 august 2005

Technology is changing rapidly and everyone has to have the newest device. Americans own about 25 electronic devices per household. But what happens to all of the old cellphones, TVs, computers and PDAs?  The answer: 90% of it winds up in a landfill. This fast-growing segment of waste is trouble because of all of the toxic materials contained in e-devices. The mercury, cadmium, and lead have a risk of leaking and reaching the groundwater.

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