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

More than
a billion
cell phones
are sold
every year

Gartner, 2012

Less Than
1%
of rare earth metals are
currently recycled

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

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

UN, 2009

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

WRAP, 2012

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

GIS Watch, 2010

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

600 trucks

EPA, 2011

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

ES&T, 2007

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

land filled

EPA, 2010

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

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

European Commission, 2009

Electronic waste is the
fastest growing
waste stream
in the world

EPA, 2008

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

UN, 2009

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

EPA, 2011

$12 Billion
is spent annually
to identify new virgin
deposits

EPA, 2011

CAROLYN RICHARDSON – Administrative Operations

Carolyn Richardson comes to BlueOak with 20+ years Administrative experience working in various capacities. She began her career as an Environmental Analyst at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and then turned her focus to client development, communications and industry marketing support. While managing the accounting department for a non-profit organization, she followed her entrepreneurial spirit, and started her own business as a Personal Chef. She holds a BS in Social Science with an emphasis in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.