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How and why to recycle electronic equipment

January 21, 2012
By Robert M. Ungerer , The Post-Journal

Since April 1, 2011, safely ridding yourself of broken or outdated electronic equipment like computers, printers, keyboards and television sets became easier in Chautauqua County and New York state when the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act took effect. Publicity was low key but the law was designed to keep electronic equipment out of landfills where toxic and poisonous chemicals wash out over time to drain into ground water and creeks. Elizabeth Grossman, in her book ''High Tech Trash'' (2006), pointed out tissue from seals in San Francisco, polar bears in the Arctic, herring off the coast of Holland and human breast tissue all contained synthetic chemicals used to make plastics for electronic equipment.



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