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.
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.
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.
" ~ 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.
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.
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.