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- E-waste is the largest source of lead in solid waste.
- It is estimated that 70% of heavy metals in landfills comes from e-waste.
- E-waste can contain more than 1,000 components, many of which are toxic, including brominated flame retardants, PVC, gases, heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium), and more
- Greater than 85% of all e-waste goes unrecycled
- It’s energy efficient to rebuild old computers, but only about 2% of PCs ever find their way to a second user.
- About 50 millions cell phones are replaced worldwide a month, and only 10% are recycled. If we recycled just a million cell phones, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 1,368 cars off the road for a year
- All new steel products contain a minimum of 25% recycled content
- Every ton of steel recycled makes the following savings - 40% of the Water required in production, 75% of the Energy needed to make steel from virgin material, 1.28 tons of Solid Waste, Reduction of Air emissions by 86%, Reduction of Water pollution by 76%
- The energy saved by the steel industry through the use of recycled materials saves enough energy to power 18 million homes for a year
- Using scrap aluminum to make new cans consumes 95% less energy than making them from raw bauxite ore.
- Recycling one ton of aluminum cans saves the equivalent of 1,665 gallons of gasoline
- Aluminum can be recycled infinitely without losing quality and the value it provides generally covers the cost required to collect and recycle it
- Every ton of Aluminium recycled makes the following savings - 6 tons of Bauxite, 4 tons of Chemical Product and 14MWh of Electricity
- Large amounts of e-waste have been sent to countries such as China, India and Kenya, where lower environmental standards and working conditions make processing e-waste more profitable. Around 80 % of the e-waste in the U.S. is exported to Asia.
- Guiyu in China is the largest e-waste site on earth with an estimated 150,000 e-waste workers. The average workday is 16 hours and the workers make about $1.50 per day by recovering valuable metals and parts from the waste.