Issues > Electronics > Environment > E-waste
Annually, e-waste comprises up to 50 million tonnes, or 8%, of municipal waste worldwide and is one of the fastest-growing sources of refuse. Increasingly, electronic goods are not designed to last. Better design, resulting in longer-lasting phones and decreased obsolescence, could also cut demand for tin, reducing the negative impacts of tin mining in Indonesia and other countries. Some recycling companies are often not what they claim to be. Rather than dismantling broken goods in purpose-built facilities, they will be sent illegally to developing countries as 'second-hand goods'. They are then torn apart by hand to gain access to the valuable materials inside, thereby exposing workers, who are often children, to dangerous substances like mercury, cadmium and lead.
Recycle your old computers, tablets, televisions, mobile phones and printer cartridges
Purchase electronic goods from companies that are leading the industry in efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle e-waste
Australia's e-waste statistics
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