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E-Waste Map Reveals Worldwide Impact Of Discarded Electronics

The organization “Solving the E-waste Problem” (StEP) recently released a 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 Electronics are constantly getting revamped and upgraded, and what do people do with their outdated device?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 2012, global sales of new equipment included 239 million televisions, 444 million computers and tablets, and 1.75 billion mobile phones, according to the technology resource firm Gartner. This growing trend is projected to get worse if consumers don’t start to recycle old TVs 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 electronic equipment. It includes items such as TVs, computers, microwaves, coffee makers, printers, entertainment systems, and smartphones.

Why Electronic 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 eliminating 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 in 2012. The total amount of e-waste is expected to jump 33% in the next 5 years.

Country Population E-waste produced (tons) Impact per person (lbs.)
United States 314 million 9.3 million 66
Canada 35 million 860,000 52
Brazil 197 million 1.4 million 15
Russia 142 million 1.5 million 22
China 1.4 billion 7 million 11
India 1.2 billion 3 million 4
Germany 82 million 1.9 million 50

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 50 lbs. of gold, 550 lbs. of silver, and 20,000 lbs. of copper.

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

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