Being a good steward of our land, I just don't want to throw it all away. I'll donate a good bit of it to charity, and maybe I'll hold a garage sale in a month or two. But my old VCR? No one wants that. Can't I just throw it away?
I came across an OLD pamphlet (back from Governor Ehrlich days) about recycling e-waste. It's not surprising that consumer electronics are rapidly finding their way into our landfills. Sometimes, these items can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium. This old brochure says the average computer can contain between 4 and 7 pounds of lead. They're much lighter now, but it makes me wonder what other funky chemicals are in there.
Good news is, Anne Arundel County has us covered. E-waste is accepted at any recycling center.
So while it may seem so much easier to just get a large box or garbage bag and throw them away, please do the right thing. Take them to the Recycling Center and feel great about your good deed. AND as an added bonus, you're space is all cleaned out and organized now, right? Happy Spring Cleaning!