Do electronics ever break down in landfills?



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    Unfortunately, as electronics do break down in landfills they leach heavy metals, including lead, contaminating the soil and other materials around them. Not only does this create health risks, but this also means the precious metals in these materials are lost. For this reason, electronic wastes should not be placed in landfills, and many states have made it illegal to place electronic waste in landfills.

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    Since electronic devices are primarily made of metal and plastic, they will never degrade. This is the e-waste problem. In addition to inability to biodegrade in landfills, hazardous chemicals such as lead and mercury leech out of these electronics. This poses a danger to the groundwater supply from which we draw our water from. Once contaminated, it is very costly and time consuming to recover.

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