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

UN, 2009

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

WRAP, 2012

Electronic waste is the
fastest growing
waste stream
in the world

EPA, 2008

More than
a billion
cell phones
are sold
every year

Gartner, 2012

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

$12 Billion
is spent annually
to identify new virgin
deposits

EPA, 2011

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

UN, 2009

Less Than
1%
of rare earth metals are
currently recycled

EPA, 2011

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

GIS Watch, 2010

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

land filled

EPA, 2010

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

600 trucks

EPA, 2011

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

UNU, 2009

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

EPA

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

Nature Materials, 2011

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

ES&T, 2009

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

EPA, 2011

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

UNU, 2009

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

UNU, 2004

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.