The term “E-waste” is generally applied to corporate and consumer electronic equipment that are near or at the end of its immediate useful life. E-waste includes discarded or obsolete cell phones, computers, notebooks, computer game consoles and other electronic devices.
Did you know?
- e-Waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
- A report from United Nations University (UNU) found that the world produced 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste in 2014 – an amount that would fill 1.15 million 18-wheel trucks. Lined up, those trucks would stretch from New York to Tokyo and back.
- Large amounts of e-Waste are sent to China, India, Kenya where lower environmental standards and working conditions make processing e-Waste more profitable. It is reported that 80% of all Asian children have elevated levels of lead in their systems.
- Health impacts from improperly disposed e-waste: i.e. nose bleeds, seizures, child development, sinus perforations
o Mouth, teeth, gum damage, thyroid damage
o High blood pressure, irregular heartbeat
o Lung damage, asthma, bronchitis, cancer
o Kidney, liver, digestive system damage, fetus neurologic damage, ulcers
o Skin cancer, paralysis
- e-Waste in landfills releases greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 178,000 cars
What is your e-Waste contribution?
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