About the Pledge
Any piece of electronics that's broken or obsolete, or that you're just not using anymore, is e-waste. For decades, these items have ended up in our landfills. However, because we don't have millions of Wall-E's to clean up after us, it's wise to properly dispose of electronics.
The unnecessary build-up of electronic devices in American landfills can even cause environmental problems and health hazards. Studies have shown that lead, mercury and other toxic chemicals can seep into our soil and water supply from the hundreds of thousands of computers and cell phones chucked into the trash every day. Despite these hazards, 75% of all e-waste still ends up in landfills.
Fortunately, it's simple to take care of your old laptop, boombox or eight-track stereo without inconvenience. Follow the steps below and take the pledge to recycle your e-waste so our environment stays clean.
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