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eWaste

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 and ediscards. 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.   

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Computer Recycling For Education have developed a proprietary ® concept 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 literature. 

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"™. 

 

eWaste Disposal Resources

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 organizations:                      

Earth 911

Visit www.Earth911.org or call 1-800-CLEANUP

Electronics Industry Association

www.eiae.org

US Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/plugin/index.htmp://

 

 

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