Gallery: Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste


America’s love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it’s hard not to get sucked into purchasing products. But embracing new technologies brings up a huge question: What do you do with the old stuff?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generated about 3 million tons of electronic waste in 2007. Out of all that waste, only 13.6 percent of it was recycled — the rest wound up in landfills or was shipped to developing nations. The country’s growing mounds of e-waste are cause for concern both from a health and environmental perspective, so it’s important for consumers to properly dispose of unwanted electronics. Read on to learn how improperly discarded e-waste poses health, social and environmental problems.

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  1. Annie Leonard's Story o... November 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    […] try to shed our own light on the issues surrounding e-waste recycling but we have to hand it to Annie Leonard, whose new video, The Story of Electronics, hits the […]

  2. er October 25, 2010 at 1:44 am

    oh it’s very disgusting people should think about it

  3. murwil August 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    we have developed a very successful program here in Savanna GA. Re-Use of old PCs and UBUNTU to empower the less fortunate – TEDxCreativeCoast – Murray Wilson – eWaste and the Social Landfill

  4. pete samuels July 2, 2010 at 3:08 am

    There’s a group that’s building awareness to TVs polluting the world with an online graveyard called JUNKED TV at

    Lonely TV’s are now a permanent fixture on our sidewalks – it’s an odd phenomena when you take the time to notice it – If you see a junked tv on the side of the road take a pic and email it to them to add it to the campaign.

  5. kevin4606 May 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    E-Waste is a large problem in our current world state today! It is up to the consumer to decide where this waste goes. Check out my reply:

  6. Milieunet April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    The real problem with e-waste: Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground

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