Technology is constantly improving and forcing older electronics to instantly become obsolete. Some electronics once considered as game changers are now filling up space in the back of drawers and then inevitably into the trash. These various electronics are creating many problems in landfills forcing places around the world to ban what is now known as E-waste.
Colorado is not an exception to this and starting on July 1, 2013 there will be a complete ban on the disposal of electronics. Although unwanted cell phones will still be accepted, electronics such as televisions, laptops and other similar products will not be allowed in Colorado area dumpsters or landfills. It will be the responsibility of Colorado residents to arrange for them to be picked up or to drop them off at the appropriate location.
Currently Colorado has established a variety of opportunities to properly dispose of E-Waste. There have been countless collection events and the State has partnered with many retailers to provide disposal stations. Residents can find the most convenient location by using the Colorado Health Department’s Website or by utilizing greenergadgets.org.
Many of the large retailers will allow consumers to drop off their electronics absolutely fee of charge but that might not be the case for local establishments. However the small cost of properly disposing your electronics is worth the cost. Not only is proper disposal avoiding harmful damage to our environment, it will also keep consumers from being penalized.
Colorado officials are prepared to be somewhat lax with the new rules at first but repeat offenders will find themselves in trouble. Not complying with the new regulations can result in a fine around $1000 depending on the severity. Hopefully this new laws will promote the proper disposal of all items, including electronics.
“There really is no need for landfills if everyone took (recycling) seriously,” said Dassler, who co-owns and operates Denver Metro Recycling. “Not everyone takes it seriously, though.”
Colorado has ample opportunity to start disposing electronics properly. In 2010 the State recycled around 10,000 tons of e-waste or about 4 pounds per person. As long as new electronics are being produced, the methods to dispose the old ones will need to continue to evolve.