If you truly see every day as Earth Day, then there’s nothing wrong with posting about it a few days late. But before too much time passes and complacency returns, here are some thoughts on electronic waste, or e-waste.
According to earthday.org, the U.S. alone produces up to 50 million tons of e-waste each year. Only 20-25% is recycled safely and responsibly. The other 75% ends up in landfills, contaminating our air and water supplies.
Here are two options to get the e-waste out of your house and keep it out of the landfills.
Send them in to Eden Projects, a non-profit group we’ve worked with and deeply admire. For every 100 gadgets they get by May 10, they’ll plant 100 trees. Here’s how it works:
- Request a box at youchange.com/let-go-grow.
- Collect as many electronics as you can from your friends, family, work, or the cause you are involved in.
- Mail it back for free and for every 100 items you send in, youchange™ will contribute to The Eden Projects to plant trees!
- AND the rest of the money goes to you and your cause!
If that’s not an option or you miss the May 10 deadline, just go to E-Stewards.org and put in your zip-code to find the closest E-Waste recycling facility.
Hope you found a good way to honor Earth Day. And if you didn’t, it’s never too late.