It does annoy me to be challenged on what I’m planning to do with my solar panels 25 years in the future and being accused of pushing it off on future generations, when we know about the air pollution being generated every day from burning fossil fuels, pollution from coal mining residue, brown fields left behind from oil drilling, water pollution from hydraulic fracking. That stuff is sticking around for future generations.
This concern about the proper disposal of solar panels is a legitimate concern, and I’m open to thoughts on that coming from anyone bringing it up in good faith, but it’s total BS when it comes from people who think nothing of tossing dead batteries in the trash. You need to turn those in as household hazardous waste. Same for TVs, computers, monitors, printers, phones, tablets, or any other consumer electronics. You can’t just toss that stuff in the trash. That needs to be properly disposed of. Drop it off at the e-waste collection site. Also other household hazardous waste — paint, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, solvents, fluorescent lights, motor oil, oil filters, fuel, etc. That stuff can’t go in the trash, and it can’t go down the drain. Turn it in at your household hazardous waste drop off.