Electronics, and worst of all, CRT monitors that are found in old television sets represent 2% of the volume of our waste and 70% of the toxicity in our waste.
People often ask, 'Why can't I just put my electronics in the trash like I did my whole life?"
Fortunately we treasure our electronic devices and dispose of them as rarely as possible because they are much worse for the environment than most of the things we use.
Unfortunately the heavy metals in electronics cause cancer, and there is enough of that going around already. Communities that host landfills do not want these heavy metals seeping into their ground water.
Recognizing the hazardous impact of electronics on drinking water, 25 states prohibit the disposal of electronics in landfills as of January 1st, 2015 it is illegal to dispose of electronics with regular waste in New York State.