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[IDEM] IDEM encourages Hoosiers to recycle e-waste properly
Start Date: 8/14/2013 All Day
End Date: 8/14/2013
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An Indiana law prohibiting dumping televisions, computers, and other consumer electronics in landfills has been in effect for three years

 

Did you just buy a new flat screen television, but need to get rid of your old tube TV? Maybe your computer has finally fizzled out, or a new tablet has replaced your old handheld device. Instead of throwing these old electronics out with your trash, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) encourages Hoosiers to participate in the state’s e-waste recycling program.

 

It is illegal for households, public schools and small businesses to dispose of e-waste in a landfill, so IDEM has been working with citizens, county solid waste districts, and electronics retailers to make the disposal of e-waste as simple and affordable as possible. Proper disposal sites for each county can be found here: http://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/files/ewaste_collectors_list.pdf.

During the first three years of the program, Hoosier households, small businesses, and public schools have recycled more than 66 million pounds of electronics and the availability of e-waste recycling options has expanded. A detailed report documenting the program’s progress and success can be found here: http://www.idem.IN.gov/recycle/2428.htm.

 

Electronics contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium that can be harmful if released into the environment. Recycling electronics ensures these materials are safely managed and that valuable materials such as steel, glass, copper, gold, and aluminum are reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products. Reusing and recycling raw materials from e-waste conserves natural resources and avoids pollution.

 

Meredith Jones, Director of IDEM’s E-Waste Program, says while many people are taking advantage of the program, even more citizen participation is needed.

 

“We need to remind Hoosiers that the law exists,” she said. “Lack of awareness about the law and program remain one of our biggest challenges.”  

 

Indiana’s Electronic Waste Law began to go into effect in 2009, after its passage through the General Assembly. Today, hundreds of businesses and solid waste districts across the state collect e-waste from Hoosiers.

 

About IDEM

Established in 1986, IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Dan Goldblatt
Phone: (317) 232-8499
Email: dgoldbla@idem.IN.gov
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