Our love affair with consumer electronics, including those computers, cell phones, gizmos and gadgets we love to buy — always seeking the latest iPod or camera phone or GameBoy — has a consequence: electronics waste. Sales of electronics equipment suggests we’ve only seen the thin edge of the wedge of the tide of e-waste that will soon need recycling and disposal, and policymakers need to prepare.
According to U.S.-based Chartwell’s Solid Waste Digest, both desktop PC and TV sales have grown exponentially over the last 25 years, from about one million units per year to more than 45 million for each product. Overall, shipments of electronics grew eight percent from 2005 to 2006, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Display technologies led the way, with revenues of $19 billion in 2005 and $22 billion in 2006.
Further details are available in Solid Waste Digest 17.3’s electronic waste report. For more information on how to subscribe to Solid Waste Digest, call 952-831-2473 or email email@example.com