What You Need to Know About E-Waste

November 8, 2017 Published by

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that the new iPhone X has taken the digital world by storm — by that, we mean people are waiting hours on line to buy a $1,000 phone. Now as nice as having the latest phone is, think about how many “old” phones are going to be thrown out now. Whether or not you’re getting a new device, there are some things you need to know about e-waste.

  • Forty million tons of e-waste are created each year from how much we improperly dispose of it. A lot of it ends up in landfills or makes its way into the environment, causing major harm.
  • On average, a person gets a new cell phone every 18 months. Since most of the “old” phones just get thrown out, that’s a quick cycle that creates a lot of e-waste.
  • E-waste accounts for around 70% of the toxic waste in our world because it’s not properly disposed of.
  • About only 12% of e-waste is actually recycled. Twelve. Percent.
  • An estimated 300 million computers and one billion cell phones are made each year. And where do most of those old devices go? Right into the garbage.
  • The worst kinds of e-waste come from plasma and LCD screens on laptops and TVs and the cathode ray tubes inside our TVs and computer. Good thing those devices are what make up a big majority of all our e-waste, right?
  • The lead found in a lot of materials that make up e-waste can cause mental health issues in children and even adults.

At Complete Shredding Solutions, we make it a priority to be green when we help destroy your personal information. We recycle all paper, as well as the media devices, we shred in order to keep our environment safe. For more information or to schedule a shredding service, call us at 516-442-1624.