Interesting Facts on E-waste
- It takes 530lbs. of fossil fuel, 48lbs. of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
- The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. The amount of electronics that Americans throw away every year? 9.4 million tons.
- It is illegal to put your electronics in the landfill.
- E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
- According to the EPA, 87.5% of electronics are NOT being recycled.
- 81% of the energy associated with a computer is used during manufacture, not during operation.
- The average American household has at least 24 electronic products.
- Older CRT (cathode ray tube) TV's & monitors typically contain approximately 4-7 lbs. of lead, a neurotoxin. Improper disposal means toxic substance can leach into the ground.
- Researchers estimate that 75% of old electronics are stuck in storage, mainly due to lack of e-waste knowledge.
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S homes in a year, according to the EPA.
- There are more mobile phones in existence than there are number of people living on Earth. Based on the number of active SIM cards in use, there are more than 7.2 billion mobile devices being used, while there are less than 7.2 billion people on the planet. The growth rate of mobile devices compared to the population growth rate is five times greater.
- It takes about a gallon of oil to produce every new toner/laser cartridge.
- Eight ink cartridges are thrown away every second in the U.S. In one year, if the world's discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the earth twice.
- A laser cartridge thrown into a landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose.
- 300 million computers and 1 billion cell phones are put into production each year.
- E-waste is expected to grow 8% per year.
Sources: earth911, fixit.org, EPA , treehugger, and dosomething.org