JUNE 24, 2013 BY
Under Colorado law, residential and business electronics are banned from being disposed of in a landfill and must be recycled. Per ton of waste, recycling sustains ten jobs for every one landfill job*. Electronic devices should be kept out of landfills and properly recycled to recover materials and reduce the energy demands from mining and manufacturing. Electronics are made from valuable resources such as precious metals, copper, and engineered plastics, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials and as a results, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy, and saves resources by extracting fewer raw materials.
*Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington D.C., 1997