Earth Day e-Waste Recycling Facts

04/21/2021 12:18 PM Comment(s) By Reliant EHS


Earth Day 2020

Recycling in the USA

Based on e-Waste disposal rates, Americans throw out $60 Million in gold and silver every year! 

  • 12.5% of electronic waste is recycled - Source: US EPA
  • E-Waste represents 2% of America‚Äôs trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. 
Proper e-Waste recycling is easy...
  1. Check with local retailers - many offer free take-back programs backed by certified recyclers. 
  2. Find a local R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler. 

"Recycling is what we do when we're out of options to avoid, repair, or reuse the product first.  Firstly: Reduce. Don't buy what we don't need. Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Reuse: Share. Then, only when you've exhausted those option, recycle." 
- Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA


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