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


01:13 AM January 14th, 2013

By: DJ Yap, January 14th, 2013 01:13 AM

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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