Over three years ago, Wisconsin banned e-waste from being disposed of in landfills. They started an e-waste recycling program, called E-Cycle Wisconsin. The program makes it mandatory for the makers of specific consumer electronics to collect e-waste from Wisconsin residents.

800px-Electronics_workbenchThe e-waste program has been more successful than was anticipated. In one year, from 2011 to 2012, over 39.1 million pounds of e-waste was collected. That made one of the highest records of e-waste collection in the nation, equaling out to over 6lbs of e-waste per Wisconsin resident.

There are over 400 collection sites throughout Wisconsin, making it easy for residents to recycle their e-waste. Even the schools are involved in the collection and recycling of e-waste materials. Although not everyone cooperates with the recycling of e-waste in Wisconsin, the efforts put forth by the program have greatly exceeded their goals.

Some Wisconsin residents aren’t close enough to the collection sites or are even aware of the law for that matter. So, Wisconsin plans to broaden the program to make it friendlier to all residents and to make them more aware. However even so, the program exceeded their expectations by several million pounds.

According to reports from the EPA, about half of the states in America have laws in regards to the recycling and collection of e-waste. In other reports from the Consumer Electronics Association, Americans own nearly 24 electronics per household and that’s just an approximate number. The average lifespan of these electronics can range anywhere from 2 to 8 years.

E-waste has a negative impact on our environment and even our health if not disposed of properly. Proper waste disposal of such products is critical when trying to protect our earth. With as much as Americans use and rely on electronics, we need to do our part and recycle our electronics at the proper recycling centers provided to us for e-waste.

Via: Environmental Leader