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- Electronics contain valuable metals and components that can be used again in another manufacturing process.
- Cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, chromium, barium, beryllium and brominated flame-retardant materials are components that can pollute water and air resources without proper disposal or recycling.
E-waste did not even exist as a waste stream in 1989 and now it's one of the largest and growing exponentially. — Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention
Excerpts from Basel Convention November 2009
- “Hazardous waste is threatening human health and the environment globally. Much of it is being exported to other countries, often to developing nations.”
- One of the fastest growing [hazardous] waste streams is e-waste such as computers, television sets and mobile cell phones.
- When e-waste crosses borders illegally and is indiscriminately dumped, or dismantled in unsound conditions, serious damage to human health and pollution of water, air and soil is often the result.
- Electronic waste is a direct consequence of our ongoing desire to communicate from anywhere, connect more often and compute from home, office or on the road. Add an increasing demand for electronic gaming, higher definition televisions or smart cars and the result is a catastrophic accumulation of e-waste, now and into the future. An ongoing effort to address this exponentially growing problem is essential.
Montana does not have legislation requiring electronic equipment be recycled or banning electronics from landfills. Due to Montana's distance from most markets for recyclables, it may not be in the state's best interests to ban materials from landfills until reliable markets have been established for those materials.
Learn more about illegal exporting of electronics.