Facts About e-Waste

What is considered e-Waste? More than just outdated cell phones, e-waste is any electronic waste that is no longer wanted or is now obsolete whether is works or not. Televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereo systems, copiers, fax machines, tablets, computers, and all other electronic devices become e-waste when they are no longer needed.

Unfortunately e-waste is not easy or convenient to recycle. Local governments often have e-waste collection days a few times a year, but that means homeowners have to store unwanted items in the meantime. Many electronics stores are now charging to collect your e-waste, especially monitors and TVs. The Green Company does not charge our clients for electronic recycling!

Here are some e-waste facts to think about the next time you are ready to get rid of that old TV or broken computer:


The United States produces more e-waste annually than any other country. Americans throw away over 9.4 million tons of e-waste.

Recycling one million laptops saves energy equivalent to the annual electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes according to the EPA.

Only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled.

Old television sets and CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors contain approximately 4-8 pounds of lead (a neurotoxin). Improper disposal means that this toxic substance can leach into the ground and water.

It takes 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.

E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it accounts for 70% of overall toxic waste.

A large number of what is labeled e-waste is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic components that are reusable or that can be recycled for material recovery.

It is estimated that 40% of the heavy metals in U.S. landfills comes from discarded electronics.

There are more mobile phones in existence than there are people living on earth. Based on the number of active SIM cards in use there are over 7.2 billion mobile devices being used. The growth rate of mobile devices is five times greater than the population growth rate.