forty nine Million Heaps of Digital Waste Generated in 2012



We all love the thrill of buying a shiny, new gadget, but very little thought goes into what we do with our old devices. Some companies, like Apple, offer recycling programs for our old electronics, but often times, our obsolete technology ends up in a scrap heap.

Researchers at StEP, an initiative for the reduction and proper disposal of electronic waste, have been tracking the amounts of e-waste generated by developed countries worldwide.

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It’s not just your smartphones, computers and television sets that are considered e-waste. Following definitions set by the European Union, StEP also includes large and small household appliances from microwaves to washing machines, as well as other personal consumer equipment like cameras, printers and Internet routers Read more…

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