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Basic Facts about Electronic Waste

Hazardous Waste Infographic

Electronic waste, or E-Waste, the components of electronics that are discarded, is of growing concern worldwide, particularly as purchases of electronics increases and options for recycling remain limited.  E-waste is often globally traded and discarded in unhealthy and environmentally toxic ways. Toxic corrosives are often used to treat metals, and improper disposal and handling have severe health and environmental consequences for workers and the vulnerable people, particularly children, who live in nearby communities.