Just 20% of e-Waste Is Being Recycled

Brooks Hoffman

According to a new report from the United Nations Telecommunication Union, nearly 45 tons of electronics were retired in 2016 – and only about 20 percent of it is known to have been recycled.  The report puts the value of the raw materials in that e-waste at approximately $55 billion.   The material that winds up in a landfill can expose people to hazardous metals and compounds.  Unfortunately, the trend is upward – with about four percent more e-waste being produced every year.

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