On Wednesday, February 23rd, Governor Robert Bently issued Executive Order No. 8, which immediately imposes the moratorium "on the issuance by the Department of Environmental Management of any new or modified permits or the transfer of any existing permits for solid waste management facilities." In such, he declares that ADEM adopt and promulgate new rules, with input from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee, which the Alabama Environmental Council is a representative. These new rules should "take into account the effect, both immediate and long-term, of such facility with respect to not only the adjacent community or region, but other regions of the State of Alabama and the State of Alabama as a whole."

Recently, someone emailed asking why E-waste recycling was important. Thought we would share:
 
1. What are the dangers of having E-waste deposited in landfills? E-waste is dangerous to deposit into Solid Waste landfills because of the heavy metals contained in them. All the circuitry uses trace amounts of these materials that may not be hazardous on an individual basis, but we are landfilling tons and tons of these materials together. Like other Hazardous materials going into these landfills, the cumulative effect will be dangerous. Solid Waste Landfills are built to handle banana peels, and other non-toxic materials; not this toxic-soup.

Out of all the garbage we produce as consumers, approximately one third is packaging. New state-of-the-art landfills are harder and harder to site. Because of the costs and environmental problems associated with the disposal of solid waste, there is growing concern and interest in reducing the amount of waste generated while increasing the amount of waste that is recycled and reused.

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