11 Toxic Facts About E-Waste


E-Waste or electronic waste are the disposed electronic devices. As a company that focuses mainly on electronics, I have a duty to help spread the word of this growing problem. Not only does the waste harm the environment, but the metals themselves are valuable. Below are 11 facts about e-waste I find especially interesting. Courtesy of dosomething.org.


  1. In 2009, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines) mice, keyboards, and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million short tons.
  2. E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
  3. 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  7. 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.
  8. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  9. E-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America, according to the EPA.
  10. It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
  11. 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.


If you have any e-waste that needs disposal, take it to a reputable recycling location. Help out your future humans. We will also take any e-waste you need recycled, and will actually buy any empty toner cartridges you want to get rid of.