More Surprising Facts about E-Waste

By: BJ Neller   /   July 5, 2017


Electronic devices have a life cycle just like nearly everything else in this world. They are created, used, become obsolete and are then disposed of. It is the final part of their life stage where the problem arises. E-waste is a growing problem globally because some companies and individuals behave irresponsibly when it comes time to dispose of these items. At Secure Waste Disposal, Inc. we take the final stage of this life cycle seriously. Here are some more sobering facts about e-waste and the impact it has on our planet.

What is E-Waste?

E-waste includes a whole array of electronic devices including but not limited to televisions, old VCRs, DVD players, stereos, copiers, fax machines, tablets, computers, cell phones, tablets, etc.

-Americans throw away more than 9.4 million tons of e-waste a year. This is far more than any other country.

-Unfortunately, only 12.5% of all e-waste is recycled. (This is according to the Environmental Protection Agency.)

-Old TV sets and older computer monitors contain 4-8 pounds of lead. Lead is a toxic substance and has been known to leach into the soil and cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.

-At least 40% of the heavy metals that are found in landfills are from electronics.

There are more mobile phones in existence than there are people on the planet. In fact, in terms of growth, mobile phones are outpacing human beings.

-A recycled cell phone can yield precious metals such as copper, gold, silver and palladium. In fact, Americans dump more than $60 million in precious metals every year in the form of cell phones.

-Globally, e-waste is expected to increase by at least 33% between 2015 and 2017.

-According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 100,000 computers are disposed of every day in the United States.

We seek and encourage our customers to dispose of their electronics responsibly. That is because our ecosystem is being unduly burdened by e-waste components. For this reason, we have an aggressive recycling program that seeks to mitigate the damage that these discarded items cause to the environment. We encourage our clients to do the same and to learn more about the difference they can make when it comes to making life on our planet more livable.