LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) - If you throw away electronics that you could recycle, you could pollute the water we drink, the air we breathe and even the ground.
You probably do some form of recycling at home or work; separating items you know you can recycle from those that you think you can't. If you're in the Springfield area your daily recyclables like your aluminum cans, glass bottles and even cardboard boxes comes here to the material recycling facility in Springfield. But what about your electronics?
Some towns have special electronics recycling areas, or you could bring it at little cost to places like Gold Circuit Ecycling at 90 First Avenue in Ludlow.
At Gold Circuit, electronics are stripped, sorted and materials are then sent to be broken down in an environmentally safe way.
If you chose to not recycle these electronics, they could damage the environment.
"The material that makes up those components, the lead, cadmium and mercury is going to slowly seep out and contaminate the water, the earth and eventually get into the air. It's a harmful situation," said Matthew Pronovost, owner of Gold Circuit Ecycling.
On Monday, Northampton's Lane Construction Corporation brought their collection of used electronics to be recycled in celebration of Earth day.
"It's really important that we find ways to recycle all of our goods. I think that basically everything should be recycled. there should be a method to reuse everything that we use," said Meagan Sylvia from Lane Construction Corporation.
Cities and towns have varying rules about what can and can't be recycled. For a full list, click here .