Thanks to a Sun reader, we were alerted Thursday morning to 25 or 30 computer monitors dumped in a trash bin outside Naperville's Ranch View Elementary School.
Once we checked it out and verified the presence of the discarded computer materials, we wondered: If the monitors couldn't be donated to anyone, shouldn't they at least be recycled?
It turns out -- and we want to thank District 203 officials for being very helpful and straightforward in getting to the bottom of this -- that someone else likely illegally placed the materials in the school's Dumpster, a practice known as "fly dumping."
We saw this as an opportunity to inform people that because electronics equipment usually contains lead and other hazardous materials, it shouldn't be tossed in the trash. It should be recycled and kept out of landfills.
What do you do with your old electronics gear? Are there enough electronics recycling opportunities in the area to make it convenient for people to properly dispose of materials?