Electronics Waste Management in the United States

Abstract:EPA has been helping to improve the management of used and end-of-life (EOL) electronics for over a decade. EPA promotes the reuse and recycling of used and EOL electronics through various programs, including Plug-In To eCycling and the Federal Electronics Challenge. Although electronics currently represent less than two percent of the municipal solid waste stream, EPA's interest in used and EOL electronics stems from three primary concerns: 1) rapid growth and change in this product sector, leading to a constant stream of new product offerings and a wide array of obsolete products needing appropriate management; 2) the presence of toxic substances in many products which can cause problematic exposures during recycling or disposal, if these products are not properly managed; and 3) the need for widespread, convenient and affordable opportunities to reuse/recycle electronics (with initial emphasis on TVs, PCs and cell phones). Reuse and recovery of electronics conserves energy and materials embodied in used electronics and reduces the environmental impact of these products.

URL: https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi/P1001FPK.PDF?Dockey=P1001FPK.PDF

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Type: Article/report

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