GLRPPR Sector Resource: Tackling High-Tech Trash: The E-Waste Explosion and What We Can Do About It
Tackling High-Tech Trash: The E-Waste Explosion and What We Can Do About It
Amid all the headlines about technological marvels and high-tech business icons, far less attention has been paid to the huge volumes of waste generated by skyrocketing sales and rapid turnover in high-tech electronics.
In contrast to other waste streams such as industrial effluents and air pollution, the rapidly growing electonic waste (e-waste) stream is largely uncontrolled and lightly regulated, relying on a patchwork of corporate "take-back" initiatives, state and local recycling programs, and a handful of (mainly European) e-waste policy directives.
This report assesses the scope of electronics consumption and resulting e-waste, the unique challenges policymakers face in handling this kind of waste, and steps we must take to gain control of the problem.
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