Stop: Don't throw out that outdated electronic gear
According to the state's new and improved Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act - which was amended this year - it will be illegal to throw them out and illegal for landfills to accept them.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at Chicago Sun-Times.
#1 Dec 27, 2011
So, what is saved? Probably nothing. Think of all the gas wasted (money, gas emissions, not to mention time used to get to these recycling centers that are in the middle of nowhere). We pay a ton of taxes for garbage pick up and more is wasted?! Just like those new 'green' light bulbs. You just can't throw them out you know. Really, how many of us are going to take them to a recycling center? WHo really has the time or gas money? Majority of us will throw it in the regular trash, where the mercury will leach into the soil and water. Way to go! These 'green' people aren't looking out for the environment--they are looking to line their pockets.
#2 Dec 27, 2011
Your children's future is saved! There are metals that can be reused, expensive metals. I don't see any money lining my pocket, just an ease of mind knowing that the future is not going to be a hazardous waste dump. Although with your opinion eventually it will be. Just try, it isn't that hard. Change is good despite your old school thoughts.
If you know the mercury is going to leach into the water, why are you contributing to it?
It also adds more jobs(maybe), gives reuseable computers to less fortunate or to schools. Wake up or fade away fast!
#3 Dec 27, 2011
Yep. Lots of 'sheeple' out there. Tell me all that when mercury, lead and other contaminates are found in your water glass. How am I contributing to mercury poisoning?--I refuse to buy those bulbs. The regular incandescence can be completely recycled cleanly (glass, wire). No toxic chemicals released into the air, when broken or in the soil when degrading in the land fill. There are much more efficient methods of recycling. Driving miles and miles (sputtering emissions as we go) isn't going to help make jobs, the air cleaner or anything else--it will make a whole lot of people aggravated and spend extra money that they don't have.(oh and by the way, are you one of those recyclers?--Sounds like this would be mini gold mine for you). Pain in the butt for everyone else.
#4 Dec 27, 2011
Half the electronics sent to these recycling centers, ends up re-sold on craigslist or ebay, where only the employees or owner of the recycling center gets the profit.
It is not the fantasy that you think it is, of breaking down the electronics and reusing the materials.
In fact, I would really bet that the broken and un-usabe stuff just gets crushed and thrown out anyway.
It's nice to want to stand in a circle, hold hands and sing, but for gods sake, use a little common sense. This world is full of evil liers who take advantage of sheep like most of you!
Most os the time, green only means the cash a few are making off the many!
#5 Dec 27, 2011
Totally agree with you. THis isn't about saving the environment; it's a way to make money at our expense and effort.
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