According to his piece in the IBPA monthly, Raz Godelnik, founder of Eco-Libris claims that eBook devices can be bad for the environment, depending on the extent to which they are used and if they are recycled.
Godelnik writes: "Consumer electronics are notorious for containing a variety of toxic materials. Some companies are more transparent than others and make it relatively clear that their e-reader devices are free of toxic materials. But e-readers are something of an unknown variable."
And as new eReaders populate the market, the old ones are filling up landfills. While companies like Apple and Amazon have recycling programs, not everyone uses them. Godelnik points out in his article, "according to the EPA, Americans generated about 3 million tons of electronic waste in 2007. Out of all that waste, only 13.6 percent was recycled. The rest ended up in landfills or incinerators, even though, as the Electronic TakeBack Coalition explains, the hazardous chemicals in them can leach out of landfills into groundwater and streams."