Recycling

Are electric cars safe for the environment?

Tesla Model S

Episode 1403

Sandra from Fullerton, CA

Sandra hears that the lithium ion batteries in Tesla cars aren't recyclable and that Tesla simply dumps them in the ocean. Leo says that isn't accurate. They are recycling, but they can be difficult to recycle because if they're exposed to the air, the inside of the batteries can catch on fire. They are recyclable and it takes about a decade or two before they will be replaced. By then, the recycling technology will have improved as well.

Do I need to wipe my hard drive before recycling it?

Episode 1253

Wendy from Pasadena, CA

Wendy needs to give away her old Dell computers. Does she have to worry about leaving data on the hard drive? Leo says absolutely. If she doesn't take out the hard drive, then the data could be accessed by someone. E-Waste recycling events are great, but before she does that, she should run DBAN to wipe off the hard drive. Then she can give it away with no worries.

How can I dispose of an old TV?

Analog Television

Episode 1108

Bob from Warren, PA

Bob cut the cable about a year ago and streams video with his Roku device. He's about to upgrade to a flatscreen and wants to know how to get rid of his old TV. Leo says to look for an eWaste roundup or recycling center in his community. They will be able to take it and dispose of it, recycling what they can. Erie County, PA has electronic disposal days, so he should look for that.