Editorial: Recycling keeps e-waste from leaking heavy metals

Daily Journal

Hoosiers are starting to do their part to keep unwanted electronic products — known as e-waste — from the solid waste stream as outlined under a state law that’s now been in effect for three years.

But more can be and needs to be done.

The idea behind the Electronic Waste Law is to protect the environment from heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium leaking out while buried in landfills across the state. Other benefits include ensuring that valuable materials such as gold, copper, aluminum and steel are recycled and extending the life of landfills.

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