students learn importance of recycling electronics
Students from Pelham Memorial High School
got an education about the importance of recycling their smart
phones and other electronics on a tour of the WeRecycle! plant
in Mount Vernon, New York.
The tour gave the students an up-close look
at where their old cell phones and computers should properly
Between 300 million and 400 million electronic
items are disposed of in the United States every year. Less than
20 percent of that e-waste is recycled. Although e-waste represents
2 percent of America’s trash in landfills, it equals 70 percent
of overall toxic waste, due to the presence of heavy metals.