8/17/2006

Recycling opportunities and information

With the beginning of the school year, many people may be considering buying a new computer. This brings up the question of how to dispose of the old computer and other electronics. End-of-life electronics are a growing portion of Colorado's waste, and a growing environmental problem for the state. Based on 2003 numbers, if all of the computer systems that became obsolete in the state had been disposed of in our state's landfills, it would've added 9,200 tons of lead to the environment. The collections of household hazardous wastes collection sites.
In addition, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a mercury prevention and reduction campaign to inform citizens, businesses and the medical industry about the serious health threat associated with exposures to mercury and to develop strategies to keep mercury out of our environment. One of the driving forces for this initiative is to prevent unacceptable mercury levels in state rivers and lakes.
For further information check out Colorado-Recycles.org or the Colorado State Publications Library which has more than 60 items on recycling.

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