The California Integrated Waste Management Board has kicked off a new statewide program to educate the public about how to properly dispose of unwanted electronic equipment.

E-waste is the term for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.”

Businesses are a key component of the e-waste education campaign, says Jon Myers, communications director for the board, because of their large inventories of computer monitors and other types of electronic equipment that has to be replaced on a regular basis.

It is estimated that over six million computer monitors and televisions are stockpiled in hopes of finding a new life but are overshadowed by new technologies. This electronic equipment can be harmful to the environment and human health if not disposed of properly, the board says, adding that it’s also illegal to improperly dispose of e-waste.

“E-recycling is a great way to help protect California’s residents and keep our environment safe from harmful materials,” says Margo Reid Brown, head of the CIWMB. “This program is an important part of CIWMB’s overall mission in reducing waste whenever possible and promoting the management of all materials to their highest and best use.”

The e-recycle program is meant to reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfills by communicating to the public that electronic products can be conveniently reused, refurbished or recycled.

Businessmen such as John Shegerian, president and CEO of Electronic Recyclers in Fresno, have developed their businesses around the requirements to recycle, the board says.

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