Every year we throw away 11.7 million tons of e-waste, which is any electronic waste that is either obsolete or no longer wanted. With the amount of global e-waste expected to grow by 8 percent per year, we can’t afford to toss everything in the trash and contribute more and more to growing landfills. The good news? Our highly prized electronics are made of plastics, glass, and other materials that can be recycled and made into new items. Alternatively, you can give new life to slightly outdated laptops, monitors, printers, and more by donating them to schools, thrift stores, non-profit charities, or refurbishers. So before you toss those batteries in the trash or kick your old TV to the curb, read on for tips to responsibly donate or recycle your used electronics.
The electronic waste is getting out of our hands. Every 18 months we change mobile phones and our computers every 2 years. Are we aware of what are they made of and where do they end up? And most importantly: What can we, as individuals, do to reduce it?
Below you’ll find an infographic Digital Doc of Chesterfield made with some numbers and solutions we can contribute to control the E-waste problem.