80%
of all platinum group metal &
rare earth mining
took place
in the last
30 Years

WRAP, 2012

$12 Billion
is spent annually
to identify new virgin
deposits

EPA, 2011

More than
a billion
cell phones
are sold
every year

Gartner, 2012

There are more
rare earth metals
in land filled electronics than in
all known
global reserves

Nature Materials, 2011

81%
of the energy a
computer consumes comes from its
production
rather than
its use

UNU, 2004

In 2009, More Than
80%
of US consumer
e-waste was

land filled

EPA, 2010

70% of all
toxic metals
in US
landfills
come from
e-waste

EPA

Less Than
1%
of rare earth metals are
currently recycled

EPA, 2011

Sourcing metals for electronics
produces
more than
30 million
tons of CO2
every year

UN, 2009

Guiyu, China
receives 
4000 tons
of e-waste 
every hour

ES&T, 2009

Recycling metals
requires
10% of the
energy
used for
mining metals

UNU, 2009

1 ton
of cell phones contains
as much gold as
70 tons
of gold ore

UNU, 2009

Every day,
US consumers dispose of
Enough TVs
to fill
more than

600 trucks

EPA, 2011

Less than
15%
of global e-waste
undergoes
any form of
recycling

GIS Watch, 2010

Electronic waste is the
fastest growing
waste stream
in the world

EPA, 2008

One Third
of the silver and copper mined
globally
is used to
produce electronics

UN, 2009

Guiyu, the global capital of e-waste,
has the
highest ever
recorded levels
of dioxins

ES&T, 2007

Copper disposed
annually in
e-waste
is equivalent to 
a third of
global copper
production

European Commission, 2009

Every day,
US consumers dispose of
enough cell phones
to cover
over 50
football fields

EPA, 2011

Today’s technology revolution is changing the way we interact with our world forever. In its wake, a mammoth trail of c.50m tons of electronic waste (“e-waste”) is produced every year. This is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

In the U.S., consumers alone dispose of some 3.2 million tons of e-waste annually; more than 80% ends up in the trash, contributing >70% of all toxic metals in U.S. landfills.

Globally, it is estimated that only 13% of e-waste undergoes some form of recycling; an overwhelming proportion of e-waste is dumped in the developing world. Guiyu, China, the international capital of e-waste, receives about 4,000 tons per hour. Due to the toxicity of e-waste and informal recycling methods, over 88% of Guiyu’s population suffer from severe neurological or physiological disorders.