from the EPA: E-Waste News and Statistics
“Although electronic waste is less than 10% of the current solid waste stream, it is growing 2-3 times faster than any other waste stream. In 1998, of the 20 million computers taken out of service, only 2.3 million, which is slightly more than 10%, were recycled. Between 2000 and 2007, as many as 500 million personal computers will become obsolete. For the latest (April 2007) data on national electronic waste management, go to eCycling Home.
“Electronic waste refers to electronic products that have finished their useful life. Consumer electronic products include televisions and monitors, computers, computer peripherals, audio and stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, telephones, fax and copying machines, cellular phones, wireless devices, and video game consoles.
THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR ELECTRONICS STEWARDSHIP
- Build Incentives for Design of Greener Electronics, and Enhance Science, Research and Technology Development in the United States
- Ensure that the Federal Government Leads By Example
- Increase Safe and Effective Management and Handling of Used Electronics in the United States
- Reduce Harm from US Exports of E-Waste and Improve Safe Handling of Used Electronics in Developing Countries
–from the EPA: E-Waste Facts and Statistics
For more information on electronics recycling in the Bay Area, and the rest of California, visit our website.