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E-waste info. World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes. A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was discarded around the world in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said.

World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

Last year, 41.8m tonnes of so-called e-waste – mostly fridges, washing machines and other domestic appliances at the end of their life – was dumped, the UN report said. That’s the equivalent of 1.15m heavy trucks, forming a line 23,000km (14,300 miles) long, according to the report, compiled by the United Nations University, the UN’s educational and research branch. Less than one-sixth of all e-waste was properly recycled, it said. Used electronics: opportunity or toxic waste? Robin Ingenthron has built an e-waste empire in Middlebury, processing about 13 million pounds yearly of discarded computers, televisions, stereos and miscellaneous electronic equipment in one of the largest operations in New England.

Used electronics: opportunity or toxic waste?

Revenues for Ingenthron's company, Good Point Recycling, have grown to about $3 million annually. But now, Ingenthron says the company's competitiveness is threatened by a proposed ban on exporting hazardous waste, which would include non-working electronics, to Third World countries. The ban has been ratified by 75 countries, including the European Union and excluding the United States. E-Waste - Connecticut. "We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.

E-Waste - Connecticut

" ~ Barbara Ward, Only One Earth, 1972 From the mining of the raw materials to the recycling or disposal of our electronic products, electronics have a significant impact on the environment. By considering the environment when you purchase, use and dispose of a computer, television, or other electronic device, you can conserve energy, help the environment and save money. Electronic waste. Defective and obsolete electronic equipment Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices.

Electronic waste

Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal are also considered e-waste. Alex Lin - Turning E-Waste Into E-Treasure. Alex Lin was a boy who was just reading the newspaper one day.

Alex Lin - Turning E-Waste Into E-Treasure

He read an article about something called e-waste. He learned that it is the waste generated as people upgrade electronic devices. When people are done with things like computers, phones, mp3 players, etc. and throw them away, that’s e-waste.