220 Millions tons of trash

220 Millions tons of trash

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Specifically, 220,000,000 tons of old computers hardware, smartphones along with other devices, are thrown away every year in the U.S. alone.

Electronic waste?

Electronic waste is equipment or means that can no longer serve the purpose for which it was created and under the European directive operate on electrical voltage up to 1,000 volts in alternating current or 1,500 volts in direct current.


Electronic waste contains many toxic substances including lead, selenium, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, tin, and flame retardants in the various plastic parts. E-waste treatment can involve a great deal of risk to dealers with recycling and should take extreme precautions. The problem of e-waste in the world is very serious and at the heart of it is the problem of e-waste getting to incinerators and public landfills where no proper treatment is done. In addition, the State of Israel is poor in landfill areas and therefore this issue is also a significant ecological risk.

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