‘Don’t throw gadgets in trash’—DENR chief

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has warned the public against recklessly throwing their old unwanted gadgets in the trash, pointing out the environmental hazards posed by the improper disposal of electronic devices.

“You have three choices for properly getting rid of your old or unused electronics: Trade it, donate it or recycle it,” Paje said in a statement.

For those who could use the extra cash, he said, old electronic gadgets and appliances that still work could be sold online or to friends.

On the other hand, those who could afford to do so may consider donating them.

“Gadgets like cell phones and laptops could be used to fund a good cause, or go to someone who perhaps wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it,” Paje said.

He said people can discover many uses for old electronic gadgets without harming the environment. Some electronic and mobile phone companies and recycling centers collect electronic waste or “e-waste.”

E-waste contains potentially toxic chemicals that can seep into the soil or water supply and escape into the air, posing danger to humans, Paje said.

“If you happen to replace or simply have unused electronic gear or appliances sitting around the house, don’t just throw them in the trash,” Paje said.

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  • John Greely

    Mr. Paje has the right idea, but he is going about this in the wrong manner. He should have first set up collection points all over the country for the e-waste with a scheduled pick up for delivery to a central collection point. The central collection point would then be responsible for segregating  all the items for recycling. Or just do as the EU has done and make the manufactures take back the old items.  

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