The cost of e-waste

Residents drive up to drop off their e-waste during a recent collection event in Lake Surich, III.; the village took in an estimated 38,000 to 40,000 pounds of material.

Left to right: Alec Brown, his father Mike Brown—superintendent of general services for the Lake Zurich, Ill., public works department—and Nathan Armstrong, director of operations for Bolingbrook, Ill., salvage company E-Scrap Technologies discuss the recent successful e-waste collection event at the village's public works yard.

This Chicago event is common to many other e-waste events. Residents dropped of items—from TVs to computers to printers—which were then sorted and carted off to a recycling facility.

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