100 million pounds of e-waste recycled in Wisconsin since landfill ban

More than 100 million pounds of e-waste has been collected in Wisconsin since it began a statewide ban on disposing consumer electronics in landfills three years ago, state officials told The Associated Press.

“It definitely adds up when you think about how many electronics we use now and how often we replace them,” said Sarah Murray, coordinator of the E-Cycle Wisconsin program, to the AP.

Televisions are at the top of the list of electronic waste, according to the report.

A recent survey by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found that Wisconsin residents own about 7 million TVs, or about three per household, the report said. More than 24 million pounds of old TVs were collected in Wisconsin in the year ending June 30, 2012.

There are more than 400 registered collection sites for e-waste across the state, according to the report.


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