Source: LOOP SCOOPS
Major funding for LOOP SCOOPS is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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In this animated video from LOOP SCOOPS, Oliver and his sister Gabby visit LOOP headquarters, where they take a quiz about Oliver's computer game. The kids are surprised to learn that the parts in the game device came from 18 different countries and traveled 228,000 miles; that the game device contains titanium, gold, and mercury; and that millions of discarded the game devices have ended up in landfills. After learning this, Oliver decides to keep his current the game device rather than getting a new one.
Computers, televisions, and cell phones have transformed the way we live. They've also transformed our garbage. Electronic gadgets may contain everything from toxic metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium, to controversial chemicals like bromated flame retardants, which are suspected to cause liver, thyroid, and developmental problems. While it's true, as Oliver says in the video, that nobody is planning to eat their gadgets, these toxins and other computer components—known collectively as e-waste—are worrisome nonetheless. When electronics are disposed of improperly, these chemicals can migrate into soil, water, and air and accumulate in animals, humans, and the environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the stream of e-waste is growing at two to three times the rate of any other source of waste. Only 15 to 20 percent of e-waste is recycled. However, growing awareness of the problem is leading to change. Currently more than 1,000 cities and towns offer computer and electronics collections as part of household hazardous waste collections or special events. In addition, public and private organizations have emerged that accept computers and other electronics for recycling, and many electronics manufacturers are accepting used household electronics. Donating used (but still operating) electronics for reuse extends their lives and keeps them out of the waste stream for a longer period of time.
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