Recycling electronic waste (e-waste) is taking off as people want to get rid of outdated devices.
New technology develops quickly, and we are often left with outdated electronics that either no longer work or serve no purpose. Frequently, these items cannot be sold or repurposed. Additionally, these electronic items can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly.
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Every year, an estimated 50 million computers become obsolete. What do you do with them?
Individuals and organizations dispose of mountains of electronic waste, to the tune of 3.2 million tons each year in the U.S. alone. And much of it contains hazardous and toxic materials that pose significant environmental risks.
Compounding the problem, it’s usually cheaper and more convenient to buy new than to upgrade the old. Additionally, schools and non-profits no longer take computer equipment as donations, primarily because it’s obsolete when they receive it.
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The US has no federal law requiring e-waste be recycled. Currently, only 25 states in the US have laws establishing a funding system for the collection and recycling of electronic products, as well as bans against sending electronics to landfills. In the other 25 states, tossing toxic e-waste into the trash is perfectly legal.
And then there’s the disastrous effect that e-waste has had on Third World countries. The US is the only developed nation that hasn’t ratified an international treaty to stop First World countries from dumping their e-waste in developing nations. So, mountains of hazardous US-based waste are growing at an exponential rate in countries like India, China, and South Africa. Exported e-waste has turned rivers in China black and towns in Ghana into some of the world’s largest dumps. The UN Environment Programme predicts that between 2007 and 2020, the amount of e-waste exported to India will have jumped by 500 percent, and by 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China.
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