Although nearly 100% of e-waste is recyclable, unfortunately most of the e-waste produced globally is not recycled. Proper e-waste recycling recovers many nonrenewable resources and prevents thousands of toxic chemicals from seeping into our soil and water. Substances such as lead, cadmium, and mercury found in e-waste are extremely hazardous to our health; they can cause severe damage to our organs and promote the development of cancer. In many developing countries, children are suffering the most from the impact of improper recycling measures. With the number of electronics purchased every year topping over 1.5 billion already, the issues of improper e-waste disposal will only grow worse as the number of electronics purchased continues to increase.
12 Facts Worth Considering about E-Waste.
- It is estimated that around 41.8 million tons of e-waste was produced worldwide in 2014. It is estimated that this figure will grow to 49.8 million tons by 2018.
- According to research studies from the United Nations, just 16% of the total e-waste produced in 2014 around the world was recycled. This figure ranges to be at best 20% today.
- With millions upon millions ending up in landfills, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates we recycle only 8% of our cell phones, 17% of TVs, and 38% of computers.
- According to the EPA, if we recycled one million of these cell phones instead, we can recover over 20,000 pounds of copper, 550 pounds of silver, 20 pounds of palladium, and 50 pounds of gold.
- Every year, Americans throw out around $60 million worth of silver and gold by sending their phones to the landfill.
- Approximately 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste are ending up annually in landfills and improper disposal places.
- Old TV’s poorly disposed of can cause leaching of lead into our soil and groundwater. Each TV can contain 4-8 pounds of lead – adding up substantially in its environmental impact internationally.
- To manufacture one computer and monitor, 530 pounds of fossil fuel, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water are needed.
- Estimates show that about 40% of all the heavy metals in our landfills in the United States come from e-waste.
- Research from the EPA demonstrates that around 350,000 mobile phones are thrown out daily. This adds up to roughly 152 million annually.
- The United Nations approximates that global e-waste has increased as much as 33% in the last 4 years.
- While e-waste takes up 2% of the space in American landfills, it produces 70% of our society’s overall toxic waste.
Take Action and Implement the Most Effective E-Waste Recycling Measures
Not all e-waste recyclers operating within the community are the same. There are safer and more environmentally-beneficial ways of recycling e-waste. At Ever Green Environmental, we understand the importance of taking all the proper precautions and steps for recycling e-waste. Read more about Why Data Destruction is Critical When Recycling Electronics. As a trusted family-owned and operated organization in the North and South Carolina area, you know that your electronics are in good hands with us. We have been green leaders for over 25 years helping companies of all sizes substantially reduce the amount of waste they send away to landfills.
Reach out to us today to find out how we can improve your e-waste recycling efforts. Call us at 864.230.9800 or fill out our online contact form today.