Electronics

Why?

Design for the Dump
– Making things to be thrown away quickly so consumers have to buy more.  For example electronics are hard to upgrade, easy to break, impractical to repair and not adaptable to previous things like chargers.

Today’s electronics are significantly harmful to the environment, workers, and consumers and the more we buy and throw away these products the worst our world becomes.

June 25, 2014  (ETBC) E-Waste Facts and Figures
  • The US threw away (trashed or recycled) 142,000 computers and over 416,000 mobile devices EVERY DAY
  • In 2012, we generated 3.412 million tons of e-waste in the U.S. and only 1 million tons or 29.2% was recycled, according to the EPA (up from 25% in 2011). The rest was trashed –in landfills or incinerators.
  • Some 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year, comprising more than 5% of all municipal solid waste. When the millions of computers purchased around the world every year (183 million in 2004) become obsolete they leave behind lead, cadmium, mercury and other hazardous wastes.

 

 

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Story of Electronics Faqs

Where does America’s e-waste end up? GPS tracker tells all

 

 

Follow Campaign and Alternatives

Electronics Take Back Coalition

iFixit
Great resource to learn how to repair your electronics and order needed parts

Sell Cell
Site to sell back your phone or tablet instead of throwing away

E-Stewards
Find legitimate e-recycler near you that doesn’t export products to companies in countries with less regulation who follow practices that harm workers and the environment

e-Trash Transparency Project
E-waste advocacy and resource center

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Donate you Cell Phone, Smartphone or Tablet to US soldiers

Fair Phone: Conflict Free Cellphone
Cellphones made from conflict free minerals

Responsible Recycling: Dell Bans E-Waste Exports