CA’s e-waste recycling program reached an impressive envmilestone this month- California recycles its one billionth pound of E waste.
California’s e-waste recycling program reached an impressive environmental milestone this month – the state has just recycled its one billionth pound of electronic waste after passing a series of regulations beginning in 2001. According the the San Jose Mercury News, one billion lbs. of e-waste is equivalent to roughly 20 million televisions and computers diverted from the state’s landfills.
The problem of e-wastes is perhaps the most obvious defining issue of our Information Age. Just recently, a study detailed the direct connection between e-waste and chronic lung and heart diseases in China, a country expected to receive a large part of exported e-waste from Europe and the U.S.
Since the implementation of e-waste regulations in CA ten years ago, 24 other states have also passed their own respective e-waste disposal and recycling laws. None, so far, has surpassed the amount of recycled e-waste materials in California.
However, impressive as the numbers might be, the pioneering California e-waste recycling laws still have some problems that need to be addressed. The Mercury News article pointed out that California is the only state that passes the burden of recycling cost to consumers. Californians are charged a recycling fee every time they purchase a new computer or laptop. In some other states, manufacturers are mandated to set up recycling programs for their products.
The limited scope of CA’s e-waste recycling program was also mentioned in the article. The state program only funds the recycling of computers and TV sets. Residents who need to recycle other products will need to find, on their own, other outlets or recycler who will accept those products.