Electronic waste (ewaste) constitutes 2 to 5 percent of the solid waste stream in the U.S. and government researchers estimate that three-quarters of all computers ever sold in this country are still awaiting disposal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States generates more e-waste than any other nation in the world.
On a recent edition of 60 Minutes, Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist and authority on waste management at the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared that ewaste is the fastest-growing component of the municipal waste stream worldwide. “We throw out about 130,000 computers every day in the United States” (1).
Many consumers are unaware of the level of toxic materials used to make the products they rely on for word processing, data management, Internet access and electronic games. Mountains of discarded electronics often …read more of E-waste here