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Recycle Boise and E-Waste

Jodie Schwicht
An E-waste recycling bin outside the Pocatello Sanitation Department office

In this episode, Jodie Schwicht speaks with Pocatello Deputy Director of Public Works Tom Kirkman on electronic waste management and Pocatello’s solution with Recycle Boise.

Electronic waste, commonly referred to as e-waste, refers to discarded electronic devices. Approximately 50 to 60 million tons of e-waste are generated each year, much of which was exported to overseas recyclers prior to China’s 2018 ban on foreign garbage imports. Since e-waste contains toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium, and beryllium, once it is exposed to strong UV radiation or corrodes, these toxic materials could be released into the atmosphere, soil, and nearby water bodies, affecting public health.

Sources referenced in this episode:

What is e-waste/recycling?
https://earth.org/e-waste/
https://earth.org/what-is-e-waste-recycling/
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/10/2021-years-e-waste-outweigh-great-wall-of-china/

EPA recycling goals
https://www.epa.gov/circulareconomy/fact-sheet-about-national-recycling-goal-50-percent-2030#:~:text=At%20the%202020%20America%20Recycles,we%20have%20a%20common%20goal.

Overseas exports of recycling
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste_in_China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%27s_waste_import_ban
https://www.cnn.com/2013/05/30/world/asia/china-electronic-waste-e-waste/index.html
https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-report-time-seize-opportunity-tackle-challenge-e-waste
https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/toxic-e-waste-dumped-in-poor-nations-says-united-nations
https://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:1624/ewaste-in-china.pdf

Visual on how batteries are recycled
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s2xrarUWVRQ&vl=en

Jodie Schwicht is a Communications graduate and Music Performance major at Idaho State University. Outside of academics, you are likely to find her performing with the ISU Choirs and Music department, reading at various Pocatello coffee houses, and multitasking on a number of personal craft projects.
EPISODES PRIOR TO JUNE 2021