Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recycle Your E-waste With Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

What exactly is E-Waste? It is Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - discarded, surplus, obsolete, or broken electrical or electronic devices, to be exact. An estimated 50 million tonnes of E-waste is produced globally each year. The USA discards 30 million computers each year and 100 million phones are disposed of in Europe each year. It is estimated that only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills and incinerators. That is quite a bit of preventable pollution.

If you are in the Louisville, KY, area - you can help your local Girl Scouts make sure some e-waste gets recycled. According to Kentucky's Business First, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is hosting an electronic waste recycling day May 15, at the Girl Scout Program and Learning Center in Lexington. If you are in the area, definitely bring in your e-waste and have it recycled!

Are there e-waste recycling initiatives in your communities? Let me know!