Electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing problem in a world hungry for smartphones and their kin. We use and discard electronics at a startling rate, and much of it unfortunately ends up in landfills, or otherwise disposed of improperly.
The bad thing is that e-waste can be particularity nasty, with things like rare metals and other stuff that is best not left lying around. It's just wasteful too, when you consider many of us trade in phones and the like after a year - surely those types of things still have utility?
The US finds itself behind on China in terms of the volume of e-waste generated per year - way ahead of the other countries on the list.
Business InsiderThe amount of e-waste generated between 2014 and 2016 increased by 8%, according to a new report by the United Nations University, the International Telecommunications Union, and the International Solid Waste Association. By 2021, the organizations expect e-waste to grow by another 17%.