Comcast collects more than 70,000 pounds of e-waste
Denver-area residents responsibly recycled their unused
televisions, computer monitors and other e-waste at Comcast
Colorado’s Screen to Green Recycling Rally held in June
in Denver. More than 70,000 pounds of e-waste, including
nearly 1,000 screens and computer monitors were collected
at the event in four hours.
Denver-area residents were able to drop-off their unused
electronics for a reduced rate at the event where e-waste
recyclers Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX) and Waste
Management collected the e-waste and prepared it to be
responsibly recycled. On average, each participant recycled
about two screens per vehicle. In addition to recycling,
participants received a mini-education on electronics
recycling through the event’s e-Waste Education Alley
that was staffed by volunteers armed with knowledge and
facts about electronics recycling.
Participants learned that electronic waste, including
televisions, if improperly disposed could become toxic
waste. Electronics are full of toxic materials such as
lead, mercury and beryllium and other elements that if
not responsibly managed, could be harmful to people and
the environment. Also, each television or computer monitor
may contain up to eight pounds of lead. When televisions
and other e-waste are discarded and crushed in landfills,
they may leach chemicals into groundwater and pollute
the air. The Screen to Green Recycling Rally provided
residents with the opportunity to responsibly recycle
their electronics and keep them out of local landfills.
In addition to keeping electronics out of landfills to
protect the environment, recycling has additional benefits.
For example, valuable resources such as precious metals,
plastics and glass can be extracted and reused. According
to the EPA, reusing and recycling these materials from
end-of-life electronics conserves natural resources and
avoids air and water pollution as well as green house
gases that are emitted by the manufacturing of new products.