By The Numbers

  • The Good

  • 296more jobs
    296 more jobs sustained by reuse and recycling vs. disposal per 10K tons used computers
  • 3,657U.S. homes
    recovered
    you can power for a year with the energy saved by recycling 1 million laptops
  • 75 lbsgold recovered
    that can be recovered by recycling 1 million cell phones
  • 90% energy saved
    using recycled rather than mined aluminum
  • The Bad

  • 3.4Mtons of e-waste
    3.4m tons e-waste disposed of in the U.S. every year
  • 75% e-waste in landfills
    discarded in landfills or incinerators
  • $60Mprecious metal
    wasted
    contained in the cell phones Americans throw away every year
  • 1.5 tonsof water
    it takes to manufacture one computer and monitor