E-Waste Map Reveals Worldwide Impact Of Discarded Electronics

The organization “Solving the E-waste Problem” (StEP) recently released a new report revealing the worldwide toll of discarded electronics. Electronics are constantly getting revamped and upgraded, and what do people do with their outdated device? Throw it away.

In 2019, global sales of new equipment included 214 million televisions, 299 million personal computers and tablets, and 1.52 billion mobile phones, according to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data . This growing trend is projected to get worse if consumers don’t start to recycle smartphones and other electronics to cut down on their e-waste.

What is E-Waste?

So, what is e-waste? E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to all types of electrical and consumer electronics. It includes electronic products such as TVs, computers, computer monitors, microwaves, coffee makers, printers, entertainment systems, and smartphones.

Why Electronic Waste Recycling?

Electronics account for 2% of landfills and make up for 80% of toxins in the air. When you decide to recycle old TV consoles versus throwing them in the trash, you are reducing the contaminants in the air that cause cancer, reproductive disorders, and many other health problems.

A Look at the Stats

StEP came up with the first of its kind e-waste world map that provides comparable data on how much e-waste is generated by many countries around the world. They found that the United States and China were responsible for nearly half the world’s total volume of e-waste..  While there is a concerted global effort to reduce the amount of e-waste produced, there is more that consumers can do to help improve our environment.

Country Population E-waste produced (tons) Impact per person (lbs.)
United States 330 million 6.9 million 21
Canada 37 million 757,000 20
Brazil 210 million 2 million 10.2
Russia 144 million 1.6 million 11
China 1.4 billion 10 million 7
India 1.4 billion 3.2 million 2
Germany 83 million 1.6 million 19

View the global e-waste map.

The Solution

If you want to contribute to a decrease in e-waste, recycle old TV consoles, cell phones, hard drives, and all other electronics. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling 1 million smartphones can recover 75 lbs of gold, 772 lbs of silver, and 35,274 lbs of copper natural resources.

DataShield is committed to protecting the environment through our electronic recycling. When you recycle old electronic devices, we properly dispose of the hazardous materials and recycle the rest according to the guidelines set by the EPA. Bring your old computer screens, hard drives, smartphones and tablets to us today to get them properly recycled.

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