Numbers Bummer: U.S. Not Recycling Tech Gadgets in Pace With New Releases

Oct 6, 2010· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

With your Blackberry, your Kindle, your 984-inch LCD 3D TV, your digital camera, your Wii, your PlayStation, and your Fruity Is—Pad, Pod, and Phone—you, like many Americans, have probably accumulated a ridiculous number of tech gadgets.

It should come as no surprise, then, that e-waste, or electronics garbage, is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. trash stream. In 2007, Americans discarded more than 112,000 computers daily, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

To refresh the data pool, Retrevo, an online marketplace for gadgetry, gizmos, and other geeky whatchamacallits, surveyed 7,500 participants and asked them a whole slew of questions about their e-waste recycling habits.

Don't hate the brown states. Just send them some recycling links. (Infographic: Courtesy of Retrevo)

Hope you've been saving up on the happy, because the numbers are depressing.

17% of Americans don't know how to recycle their gadgets, 7% don't even care, while 11% say it isn't available near them, and 26% never seem to get around to it.

San Francisco is the crunchiest town around. Again. (Infographic: Courtesy of Retrevo)

According to Treehugger , Retrevo calculated that by the end of the next decade, we'll have " much e-waste that it'd fill a line of dump trucks so long, it would circle the globe twice."


On the up-tick, while there is no federal law banning e-waste, 23 states have passed legislation mandating statewide e-waste recycling.