11 facts About E-Waste

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  • In 2009, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines) mice, keyboards, and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million short tons.
  • E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
  • 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.
  • Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.shutterstock_72353092
  • A large number of what is labeled as “e-waste” is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.
  • Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  • For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered.
  • Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  • E-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America, according to the EPA.
  • It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
  • Electronic items that are considered to be hazardous include, but are not limited to: Televisions and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes, LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma televisions, Portable DVD players with LCD screens.

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Save a tree. Fill out a log.

Did you know you can now go online and fill out a simple version of the State required logs?  No more faxing, not more keeping track of paper.  And best of all… you save a tree!

Link to logs

 

******STATE REQUIRED E-waste Logs******

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Q: Why do I have to give this information?
A: Regulations for the California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (14 CCR 18660.10) require approved collectors and recyclers to maintain records documenting costs and annually to submit a report to CalRecycle on the net costs of collecting and recycling covered electronic wastes (CEWs).

 

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