e-Junk recycling still in its infancy

By Ellen Simon, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — When Office Depot stores ran an electronics recycling drive last summer that accepted everything from cell phones to televisions, some stores were overwhelmed by the amount of e-trash they received.

No current figures exist for how much e-junk is recycled, but people in the industry believe it’s a sliver of the total. People simply don’t know where to take their e-trash, so much of it sits in drawers. The toxic materials many electronics contain, such as lead and mercury, present more obstacles. A National Safety Council study done four years ago found that less than 10 percent of techno trash was recycled.

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