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Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack recycles electronic waste

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Delaware North’s owned-and-operated gaming property in Farmington, N.Y., near Rochester, recently did some major spring cleaning and recycled 600 pounds of electronic waste.

The electronic waste, which was collected with the help of the property, Delaware North IT and EWASTE+, a local recycling company, included televisions, printers and phones.

Electronic waste (or e-waste) is a common name for electronic equipment that is at or near the end of its “useful life.” Common types of e-waste include cellphones, computers, monitors, printers, servers, DVD players, televisions, security equipment and cameras.

These items contain toxic heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. If e-waste is not properly recycled, these toxic heavy metals can pollute soil and water supply, which can cause harm to human health and the environment.

In 2019, the world generated 54 million tons of e-waste, which equates to about 16 pounds per person and is predicted to increase to 75 million tons by 2030, making it the fastest growing waste stream globally, according to the United Nations.

Recycling electronic waste is nothing new to Delaware North, as the company’s Information Technology department and properties regularly follow proper disposal of these items.