What is “E-Waste”?

E-waste is an ever-growing popular, yet informal name for a variety of electronic products that have met the end of their “useful life”. This includes computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, cell Phones, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines and so on. It is not surprising that electronic discard is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s trash, already consisting of 5% of the total trash volume. Alarmingly, these figures don’t include what is nearly an additional 75% of old electronics that are stuck in storages due to lack of understanding of proper management and disposal of e-waste.


In recent years, advances in consumer electronics and personal computers have spurred economic growth, changed information technology and improved people lives in countless ways. However, our growing dependence on electronic products both at home and in the workplace has given rise to a new environmental hazard: electronic waste.