- E-waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream.
- E-waste contains many valuable, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold,
silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy
needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources, electronic equipment can
be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being landfilled.
- E-waste also contains toxic and hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium,
beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants, which have the potential to leach into
our soil and water.
- What are the benefits and advantages of recycle e-waste?
There are several!
- Conserves natural resources. Recycling recovers valuable materials from old
electronics that can be used to make new products. As a result, we save energy, reduce
pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save resources by extracting fewer raw
materials from the earth.
- Protects your surroundings. Safe recycling of outdated electronics promotes sound
management of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.
- Helps others. Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on
ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.
- Create Jobs. eCycling creates jobs for professional recyclers and refurbishers and
creates new markets for the valuable components that are dismantled.
- Saves landfill space. E-waste is a growing waste stream. By recycling these items,
landfill space is conserved.
- Electronic waste management options hierarchy:
- Reuse of whole units: Reuse functioning electronic equipment by donating it to someone who can still use it.
- Repair/refurbishment/remanufacturing of units
- Recovery/reuse of functional peripherals or components
- Recycling of constituent materials: Recycle those components that cannot be repaired.
- Last. Responsible disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in permitted landfills.
For more information see the Policy on Electronic Waste Management in Kansas Landfills