Electronic Gadgets Pose Challenge For Waste Disposal

From cell phones to iPods, from PDAs to PCs, Americans love the latest gadget. Yet this profusion of innovation also creates a problem: obsolete electronic devices, many with toxic parts, are stacking up in closets and basements, and eventually end up in a dump. In all, Americans own about 2 billion electronic gizmos, or 25 per household. Each year, some 50 million computers and 20 million televisions become obsolete, according to a recent Government Accountability Office study. But only about 10 percent of e-waste is recycled. The rest is landfilled, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates. At least 25 states are considering bills that would regulate e-waste.

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