As of July 1, residents of North Carolina will have the law guiding their hand when it comes to the responsible disposal of electronics like TVs and old computers. According to Forbes.com, the new law is intended to protect the land and water from the hazardous materials found inside the electronics, such as cadmium and mercury. But besides polluting the environment, sending the electronics to the landfill is, well, wasteful.
Forbes interviewed Ellen Lorscheider, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who confirmed that the discarded electronics can be dismantled to harvest the valuable and reusable material inside. North Carolina recycling coordinator Scott Mouw explained, “The individual working parts are removed from nonworking electronics, then the rest is ground up to extract re-useable materials, such as metal and glass.”
While Tennessee has not passed any laws mandating the recycling of electronics, many consumers interested in preserving the environment may be inspired to take their neighbors’ lead. Recycling sites for electronics are conveniently located near Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.