“Electronic Waste”” consists of discarded electronic equipment, such as computers, office equipment, games, cell phones, refrigerators, and television sets. Components within those items are manufactured using materials which are harmful to the environment. Exposure to some of these materials, such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants, poses a risk to workers. Many of these materials have a significant reuse value when recycled.
ABOUT E WASTE
- Rapid changes in technology, changes in media (tapes, software, MP3), falling prices, and planned obsolescence have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe.
- An estimated 50 million tons of E Waste are produced each year.
- An estimated 70% of heavy metals in US landfills come from discarded electronics.
- In the US, 30 million computers are discarded every year.
- UK figures say 100 million cell phones are discarded each year.
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- Personal computers, mice, and keyboards
- Small scale servers
- Fax Machines
- VCR/DVR/DVD players
- Portable digital music players
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable or satellite receivers
- Electronic or video game consoles
- Cell phones