Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : E-Cycling in Wisconsin

Electronics recycling or 'e-cycling' is a growing industry in the state of Wisconsin. Computers, TVs, cell phones, and other electronics make up some of the millions of devices discarded each year that may end up in landfills if not properly disposed of. These items contain valuable materials that can be recovered through responsible recycling as well as potentially hazardous materials, like lead and mercury, that can also pose a risk to human health and the environment.

E-Cycle Wisconsin logo
Logo for the E-Cycle Wisconsin Program
Picture of  a garbage can with television in it.
Courtesy of Pixabay
The E-Cycle Wisconsin Program, managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources, is supported by Wisconsin's electronics recycling law (2009 Wisconsin Act 50), which bans electronics such as TVs, computers, cell phone from Wisconsin landfills, and incinerators. The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a great place to learn more about e-cycling and the important work the E-Cycle Wisconsin Program is doing to education people about how to participate in the program.

Here are some of the resources you'll find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives about E-Cycling in Wisconsin:

E-Cycle Wisconsin Annual Reports

Reports on Electronics Recycling in Wisconsin K-12 Schools
 
Electronics Dumping on Public Lands in Wisconsin

For more information, about E-Cycling, visit the WI Dept. of Natural Resources webpage.

Written by:
Mary Hutnik and Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning