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10 FACTS ABOUT E-WASTE

Discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines) mice, keyboards, and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million short tons.

[1]E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.

[2]20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.

[3]Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year

[4]A large number of what is labeled as "e-waste" is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.

[5]Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.

[6]For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered.

[7]Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.

[8]E-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America, according to the EPA.

[9]It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.

[10]Electronic items that are considered to be hazardous include, but are not limited to: Televisions and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes, LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma televisions, Portable DVD players with LCD screens.



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