7 Hurdles to Electronics RecyclingJuly 30, 2008
If you are like most people, you have an old computer stuffed away in the back of your closet or an obsolete TV gathering dust in the corner of your garage. In many parts of the country, electronics recycling centers are few and far between and community-recycling drives are only offered once in a blue moon, if at all.
A staggering 400 million units of electronic waste are scrapped in the United States each year (International Association of Electronics Recyclers), and this trend is likely to continue, as there are always more gadgets to be had. Add to this the fact that electronics tend to become obsolete rather quickly, and you can see we have a growing e-waste problem.
"The electronics waste stream is growing at five times the rate of any other waste stream," said Matthew Coz, VP of Growth and Commodity Sales for Waste Management Recycle America. "The product life cycles are shrinking. We are constantly creating more of that waste."
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