Did you get a new flat screen TV, computer, or other electronic equipment? Do you know what to do with the old electronic equipment? The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that the U.S. generates more than 2 million tons a year of e-waste. This waste can contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other harmful chemicals. If these toxins get into the environment they can be a risk to human health. The risks include cancer and nervous system damage. 27 states have created recycling programs, landfill bans or both. Check to see if your state has such a program. In states without laws dispose of the equipment responsibly. Some retailers will help you dispose of the equipment properly. If the equipment is still in working order donating it is another option.
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