Canyon County take back event helps keep e-waste out of landfills

Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 19:09:48-05

NAMPA — The turnover for tech products is higher than ever before.

"Even TVs we used to hold onto them for 20-30 years, now they're being held onto 20-30 months," said Recycle Boise manager Robert Brown. 

 Canyon country used to hold a hazardous and electronic waste disposal event once a year. Now, they've upped it to four times a year because there's just too much.

"The turnout from the community was tremendous, we'd have a thousand, twelve hundred cars come through," said Canyon County PIO Joe Decker. 

Over the last decade, the accumulation of e-waste has more than doubled. Collecting this type of trash is crucial, so it doesn't end up here. 

"All electronics have toxic chemicals in them, so many of them that end up in the landfills once they get heated up, those toxic chemicals end up in the air, and nobody wants to breathe that stuff," said Brown. 

Data shows by 2021 the annual total for e-waste is expected to be more than 57 million tons.  Proper disposal helps keep the environment up-to-date too.

"The landfill especially in canyon county we have a sanitary landfill so we don't want the ground being contaminated by some of this stuff so it's absolutely imperative that people set it aside and take it to an event like this where it will be disposed of," said Decker.