I became consciously aware of e-waste – discarded TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones, batteries – when I lived in Germany. Germany has a very strict policy about trash and recycle, as do most countries in the European Union.
When I first arrived in country, I found it very frustrating! I had to separate everything, including biodegradable foods like veggie scraps. Initially, it took me a long time to divide out all the trash. But over time, the process got faster and my appreciation for Germany’s earth-friendly regulations grew more and more.
After my European trash experience, you can imagine my surprise when I read this statistic in a recent Parade magazine: More than 1.5 million tons of e-waste are thrown into U.S. landfills every year. Read more