11 Facts About E-Waste

recycle80 to 85% of electronic products were discarded in landfills or incinerators, which can release certain toxins into the air.

recycleE-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronis alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and kidneys.

recycle20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.

recycle Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.

recycle Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.

recycleRecycling 1 million laptops save the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.

recycleFor every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs. copper, 772 lbs. of silver, 75 lbs. of gold and 33 lbs. of palladium can be recovered.

recycleE-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in Amewrica, according to the EPA.

recycleA large number of what is labeled as "e-waste" is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery

recycleIt takes 539 lbs. of fossil fuel, 48 lbs. of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.

recycleElectronic items that are considered to be hazardous include, but are not limited to: Televisions and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes, LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Portable DVD players with LCD screens.

Sources, EPA, Electronis Take Back Coalition, Business Insider, eWaste Center, Possitiv!ty