Goodwill of Orange County Blog

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is the fastest growing waste stream. Each year, consumers and businesses discard tens of millions of televisions, computers, cell phones, and other electronic products. Recent studies show that the component materials of electronic items threaten human health and the environment, especially water and air. Cathode ray tubes (CRTs), the glass picture tubes found in television and computer monitors, contain five to eight pounds of lead. Computers contain heavy metals such as lead, chromium, nickel and zinc. Plastics used in casings are often difficult to sort and recycle, and can pose a health and safety risk to workers. More and more, landfills refuse to accept electronic products or charge a hefty disposal fee. Local and state governments are imposing strict guidelines on proper disposal.

Each year, Goodwill of Orange County receives million pounds of electronics through its donation stream. Ten to 30 percent of electronic donations areā€¦

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