GLRPPR Sector Resource: Quantitative Characterization of Domestic and Transboundary Flows of Used Electronics: Analysis of Generation, Collection, and Export in the United States
Quantitative Characterization of Domestic and Transboundary Flows of Used Electronics: Analysis of Generation, Collection, and Export in the United States
This analysis provides insights on the quantities of used electronics generated and collected in the United States, and exported from the United States. To summarize, the key findings from this report include:
-- The methodology used to make the calculations is comprehensive from generation of used electronics at end-of-life all the way to export to a foreign destination. In addition, the method accounts for uncertainty in generation and collection.
-- The scope of products includes information technology (computers and monitors), telecommunication (mobile phones), and consumer electronics products (TVs).
-- Approximately 258.2 million units or 1.6 million tons of used electronics were generated in the US in 2010.
-- Of the amount generated, 66% was collected for reuse or recycling on a unit basis, or 56% on a weight basis.
-- Of the amount collected, 8.5% were exported on a unit basis, or 3.1% on a weight basis.
-- Mobile phones dominate generation, collection, and export on a unit basis, but TVs and monitors dominate on a weight basis.
-- Latin America and the Caribbean is a common destination for products, along with North America. Asia represents the next largest destination. Africa is the least common destination.
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