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SOME FACTS ABOUT e-WASTE IN THE WORLD

According to EPA, yearly e-waste produced in the USA is estimated 5-7 million tons. Only 20% of these are recycled, 30% or more stored 3-5 years for future disposal and the rest is land filled/exported.

E-waste constitutes from 3-8% of the U.S.-MSW and is growing rapidly.

Approximately 25 million TV sets and 50 million computer monitors are sold in the USA annually. According to EPA, yearly 30-40 million PC become obsolete in the U.S.

Computer industry brings new technology on market every 18 months. Conventional TV sets will be replaced by HD TV’s (25 million TV/year) which will put millions of kilos of CRT Pb (leaded glass) into environment.

In the USA, Americans own about 2 billion electronic devices or 25 per household.

130 million cell phones are retired each year in the USA. Yearly 3 billion batteries  and 80 million automotive batteries are sold in the USA.

In 1999, only 11-15% of discarded computers are recycled compared with  70% of the major appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, dryers etc) and 28% of overall MSW.

In the USA, btw 50% and 80% of collected e-waste for recycling are not recycled domes-tically at all; but, shipped to poor countries (China, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivery Coast, Lagos etc.).

In Europe, the volume of e-waste is raising 3-5% annually almost three times faster than the MSW.

In EU, 6.5 million tonnes of e-waste generated annually. The battery consumption per person is about 10 in Europe.

E-WASTE MARKET generated $7.2 billion in 2007 and will be expected to generate  $11 billion in 2009 (Yearly growth: 5-8%).

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