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Impact of E-Waste
September 18, 2018
Check out our infographic showing the impact of e-waste
Discover the various ways e-waste is impacting our global environment and why it is so critical that this trend of toxic pollution is immediately mitigated for the benefit of future generations.
Find out how you can help by recycling old computers, printers and empty ink cartridges, PC components and accessories, and unused electronic devices today.
- Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to the refuse created by disposed electronic devices, as well as the disposal of any materials involved in their manufacture or use.
E-waste: The fastest growing municipal waste stream in America
- The United States produces more e-waste than any other country in the world.
- In 2012, the U.S. generated 3.4 million tons of e-waste. Only 29% of this was recycled.
- Americans send approximately 50,000 dump trucks worth of electronics to recyclers each year.
- E-waste currently represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
E-waste across the globe
- In 2016, 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste was generated - the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers.
- The gold, silver, copper and other valuable materials found in this e-waste would have been worth $55 billion had they been recovered.
E-waste contains toxic components including:
- Polybrominated Flame Retardants
- Polyvinyl Chloride
HP planet partners
- HP® collects products for resale and recycling in 74 countries and territories worldwide.
- HP product recycling goal: Recycle 1.2 million metric tons of PC hardware and printer supplies by 2025.
How you can reduce e-waste with HP®
- Recycle: Use free HP recycling services to get rid of unwanted electronics.
- Trade-In: Put the value of your old electronics towards the purchase of new HP products.
- Return for Cash: HP® will pay cash for the return of certain electronics.
- Donate: Donate your unwanted electronics to National Cristina foundation in partnership with HP®.
- Destroy: HP® can safely destroy data drives and other electronics at the end of their life cycle.
Learn more about the deleterious effects of electronic waste on the global ecosystem, how HP® is actively working to solve the e-waste problem through its electronic recycling program, and how it's reinventing product manufacturing to reduce the impact of e-waste on the planet on HP® Tech Takes.
Related article: Recycling Electronics while Rebuilding Lives
- GreenCitizen; Harmful Effects of E-Waste Dumping
- Electronics TakeBack; Facts and Figures on E-Waste and Recycling
- United Nations University (UNU); Global E-Waste Monitor 2017
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Global E-Waste Monitor 2017
- Huffington Post; The World Generated 4,500 Eiffel Towers' Worth Of Electronic Waste
- U.S. News & World Report; Study: Almost 45 Million Tons of E-Waste Discarded Last Year