Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:07 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recycling makes a difference

Mining companies are opening new mines for precious metals to make things we want, especially electronics new computers, iPods, and of course, cell phones. Every year, all across the world horrendous piles of electronics are dumped into landfills, burying all the precious metals used to manufacture these items.

Consider this. According to a 2009 article in Science Daily, 6,000 cell phones, or 1 tons worth, contain 7.7 pounds of silver, 11.99 ounces of gold, and 286.6 pounds of copper. Roughly 1 billion cell phones are manufactured annually. This is just one small electronic device. Think of all the other electronics we consume!

If all electronics were recycled, many mines, like the proposed Pebble mine, would not be needed. By recycling all electronics we could save wilderness, reduce landfill use, protect clean water and air, and contain the toxins in electronic devices that are currently being thrown into landfills.

Homer has made a great effort during the past six Electronics Recycling Events. Get together with your neighbors and clean out your closets and garages. Bring a car load of household electronics to Spenard Builders Supply on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Nina Faust