According to Chuck Burr in his book Culturequake, the waste associated with our lifestyle – and our techie gadgets – it astonishing! Each American generates about one ton of municipal landfill waste per year and about the same quantity of hazardous waste.
Electronic devices represent less than 4 percent of total solid waste, but they make up 70 percent of all hazardous waste. For every pound of electronics in your pocket or on your desk, approximately 8,000 pounds of waste is created somewhere in the world.
More than ever I want to buy cautiously, use what I have as long as possible, and recycle every shred I can. What a mess we’re leaving behind as we consume, consume, consume.