This Sunday marks Earth Day; a global annual event celebrated each April 22nd in a variety of ways to support environmental issues. First celebrated in 1970, over 193 countries and 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day happenings. That makes Earth Day the largest civic observance on the planet.
This year, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are co-organizing a rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Science and technology companies provide consumers with the most up-to-date electronic devices. Sometimes it seems these electronics become obsolete before they are paid off, as we demand the latest technological advances at the tip of our fingers.
While that is good for the economy, it’s not so good for the environment. Fifty million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide each year, 71% of which go into our landfills or incinerators. The toxic chemicals can then leach into our waters or pollute our air.
When we replace our cellphones, televisions or computers with newer versions, what is the best and most ecological way to dispose of them?
If we don’t start to do a better job of reducing or recycling (only 12.5% of it is being recycled at this time) our old electronic devices, this world we live in might become too toxic to support life.
Make this Earth Day the one where you take a pledge to protect our planet and support these issues that affect our health and our communities, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An Air Force veteran from Texas, Steve Masterson co-founded Waste Masters Solutions. Waste Masters services the tri-state area with commercial and industrial waste minimization, recycling and waste removal services. Steve is proud of his dedicated team, capable of handling large companies from PBF Refineries and 3M to the local businesses and small entrepreneurs, which he believes are the lifeline of our country. Waste Masters is large enough to get the job done, small enough to care.