Facts About eRecycling
Most businesses and individuals are familiar with reducing the amount of paper and organic material they put into the waste stream. But did you know these facts about electronics recycling?
- Worldwide, each person produces an average of 15 pounds of used electronics per year. That volume is expected to rise 33% by 2017.
- eWaste is growing 5 times faster than all other waste streams, making it the fastest growing segment of municipal waste.
- 8.5 billion pounds of electronic waste was generated in the United States in 2012.
- Only 1.8 billion pounds of obsolete electronics were collected for recycling.
- 6.7 billion pounds of electronic waste is not being recycled in the United States.
- Electronics sales have more than doubled since 1997, and are expected to increase.
- Businesses and organizations contribute more than 75% of the used electronics that enter the reuse and recycling stream.
- Half of electronics ready for end-of-life management are computer monitors and televisions with cathode ray tubes that contain lead and other toxic materials.
- Secure handling of sensitive data is a concern for businesses and individuals alike.
- 25 states now have regulations focused on responsible eWaste disposal.
- Regulatory pressure and responsible recycling practices are expected to increase the percentage of eWaste recycled by more than 33% over the next 10 years.
- Electronics often contain lead, mercury, flame retardants, heavy metals and other substances that have the potential to harm the environment and human health if not managed properly.
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