We live in such a throwaway society, how many of us actually knows what happens with our old items, especially our old technology? There is always something new coming out, the next big thing or the next must have piece of technology. In fact there have been many items which were once popular but are now considered defunct. There is a great infographic here, which reviews some of our old favourite technology.
Only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled.
The old CRT (cathode ray tube) TV sets and monitors contain approximately 4-8 pounds of lead, a neurotoxin.
It is estimated that only 29% of global e-waste is handled via the accepted best practice recycling channels.
China is a major dumping ground for e-waste from the United States.
For every 1mil phones that are recycled, 35,274lbs of copper, 772lbs of silver, 75lbs of gold, and 33lbs of palladium can be recovered.
Over 7.2 billion mobile devices being used based on active Sim card, with the earth’s population at over 7.4 billion people.
One ton of circuit boards is estimated to contain 400 to 800 times more gold than one metric ton of ore.
This interesting infographic was produced by My Voucher Codes.