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What is electronic waste? Electronic waste is defined as any broken or unwanted electronic device. When e-waste is not properly recycled, it can be very damaging to the environment and cause health concerns because of the toxicity and carcinogenicity of these products.

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in our society and needs to be recycled just as any paper, plastic or tin product in our home or office. Unfortunately in our society, only 15% of electronic waste is currently being recycled properly. E-waste can leach and pollute our water when left in landfills.

No industry sector is moving faster than computers and technology. The demand for the “latest and greatest” electronic gadget means an excess in “outdated” electronics. Here are some interesting facts to consider:

• An average computer life span for original user is two years
• An average cell phone life span for original user is one year
• New breakthroughs in technology occur approx. every six weeks