Electronics waste, ewaste or e-waste
whichever term is used, may be defined as electronics that are
at the end-of-life (EOL) that have entered the waste stream.
Electronics waste is generally characterized as computer
monitors, computers, televisions, cell phones, DVDs, VCRs,
audio equipment and video games.
Electronics waste is the fastest growing waste stream
in the world today. It is estimated by experts that
approximately 80% of the current electronics waste is being
warehoused by companies or in consumers homes.
It is also estimated that by 2010 there may be as many
as 1 billion surplus/obsolete computers and computer monitors.
In California alone 6000 computers become surplus every day.
At the time of this writing computers are being replaced at a
2:1 rate. Within less than five years the computer replacement
ratio will be 1:1, and tens of millions of computers are sold
each year. That means for every computer purchased one
will become obsolete, destined to enter the waste stream. This
enormous waste stream of will contain billions of pounds of
hazardous materials. These hazardous materials include lead,
mercury, beryllium, cadmium, and brominates flame-retardants.
These materials if not disposed of properly and are
allowed to leach into the environment are harmful to humans,
animals and the environment.
If not managed properly, the cleanup of these items in
the environment could be in the billions of dollars.
Industry, government, environmental groups and citizens should collaborate and form public-private partnerships
to help solve the problem of e-waste, escrap, esurplus, ejunk
Several studies concluded that reuse and recycling are at the
top of the solid waste hierarchies to help solve the
electronics waste problem. At all cost we should avoid the
export of electronics waste to under developed countries. Other
long term solutions to the problem of e-waste to be considered
are; the design
for the environment (Dfe), or green electronics, extended
producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship.
One way to help solve the electronics
waste problem is to educate the consumer on the dangers of
electronic waste, and to increase his/her awareness of how to
properly dispose of electronics once they are no longer
wanted. Our goal here at Computer Recycling For Education is
for a sustainable environment. Zero waste for our world,
through education is the ultimate goal for our company.
Computer Recycling For Education have
developed a proprietary ®
to educate the public on electronics waste. The
reverse E represents a reverse supply chain concept/system of
electronics flowing back upstream. This is a radical education
concept of cradle-to-cradle electronics awareness for
consumers, business and government. This will ultimately
create a change in consumer behavior that will insure
end-of-life (EOL) e-waste will flow back to the
manufacturer, retailer, recycler, refurbisher, reseller or a
municipality for proper disposal. As these post consumer
electronics material flows back to be reused, remarketed,
recycled or used as feed stock they will reduce ewaste, and our environment will be
protected. Precious non renewable resources will be saved,
economic development can be enhanced and we can close the
"Digital Divide". We view
this as a Win-Win for all stakeholders.
The goal of ®
is to educate the public on electronics waste in an
informative and entertaining (edutain) way, featuring our
international awareness and prevention ambassador
Our program may be used to educate
kids and adults alike using traditional solid waste
principals. Our education program can be easily integrated
into your company, nonprofit, government agency, municipality,
environmental studies program or retailers sales
We can all work together to keep electronics out of the
landfill and protect the environment when we
"Ereduce-it", "Ereuse-it" and "Erebuy-it".
Ewaste Eddie also says, "Remember to Erefurbish-it".
For resources through out the United States
where consumers, business and government agencies can properly
dispose of electronics waste (e-waste); including used computer
monitors, old computers, old televisions, used cell phones,
used video games, old VCRs, used audio and stereo equipment refer to the following
or call 1-800-CLEANUP
Electronics Industry Association
US Environmental Protection Agency