POSTED: Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — We've all heard the three r's about recycling, reduce, reuse, and recycle, but now there may be a forth word to that list e-cycle.
With technology taking the world by storm, it's no wonder the fastest growing segment of the recycling world is electronics recycling.
The EPA estimates there's over 3 million tons of e-waste in the U.S. every year.
And of that, only about 430,000 tons are recycled.
That means the rest, estimated around 2.5 million tons of electronics, go to the landfill.
And there's very little that can't be recycled.
"The rule of thumb: if it has a plug, we can recycle it. You're talking computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, alarm clocks, cell phones, iPods, anything pretty much with a battery or cord can be recycled," said John Doyle of Universal Recycling in Fort Worth, Texas.
So after buying that brand new gadget, instead of tossing the old electronic gizmos into the trash, consider throwing it in a recycle bin.