Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to discarded electrical or electronic devices, including televisions and computer equipment. Most e-waste is thrown away and taken to landfills or incinerated. Health advocates note that most e-waste contains hazardous materials that can have detrimental impacts on humans and the environment if not disposed of safely. E-waste materials can be recycled to preserve valuable metals, plastics, or other substances that can be reused. Some items like computers or smartphones can also be refurbished or the materials in them can be recycled and placed in new items.
The United States has not enacted a federal definition of e-waste. The categorizing, collecting, managing, and processing of e-waste are determined on a state by state basis, and compliance...Read more