First of all, who doesn’t love a new tech gadget? And with that gadget, a new cord. Plus a new charger, new ear buds, maybe even a new case plus other accessories.
So, what happens to the old stuff?
Therefore that’s called a lot stuff worth of valuable material. All as a result becoming e-waste. More noteworthy, becoming a major global issue.
The E-Waste Abyss
Most importantly, roughly $55 billion worth of valuable materials thrown to the trash. Yes folks as a result of our old electronics and annually. In the U.S. alone more importantly, 9.4 million tons of old electronics thrown away annually. Consquently however, only 12.5% of that gets recycled. Thereby creating a massive growing problem with electronic waste. So much of a problem. Just so darn much.
What is e-waste?
E-waste equals the global accumulation of discarded electrical and electronic devices. So that’s computers, TV’s, tablets and mobile phones.
As well, E-waste ranges from devices that broke and unusable. Then to those simply unwanted and obsolete. Any device could be destined to reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal considered e-waste. Yet and most noteworthy, the most are not recycled.
The growing problem
More noteworthy, roughly 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste from Americans ship to developing countries annually. In that waste, $55 billion worth of valuable materials like gold, silver, copper and palladium aren’t recovered from old electronics each year. It would if e-waste recycling was efficient as automotive recycling.
Where is it going?
Some e-waste sent to certified recycling centers in the U.S. or repurposed and sent to Latin America and Asia. However, most of the e-waste ends up in a hazardous scrapyard. As well as landfills around the world.
In conclusion, the folks at Ryerson have created a visual breakdown of recyclable materials. All the inside of electronics that can be seen below. Finally, the goal to create a resource that could help to educate the people about e-waste. Furthermore and most importantly try to put a stop to the river of device debris.