A recent study by the U.S. EPA shows that electronics already make up approximately 13 percent of the municipal waste stream.
Research also shows that electronic waste is growing at 3 times the rate of other municipal waste.
According to the U.S. EPA, over 20 million personal computers became obsolete in 1998 and only 13 percent were reused or recycled.
Recycling and reusing end-of-life electronics and electronic components conserves natural resources, avoids air and water pollution, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions caused by manufacturing new products.
In just one year, over 112 million pounds of valuable materials were recovered from disposed electronics for recycling and reuse.