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E-Waste – Sobering facts
Some E-Waste background…
• We generate around 40 million tons of electronic waste every year, worldwide. That’s like
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E-Waste – Positive actions?
So what can we do about it….
• Build to recycle and repair
• Build from recycled
• Buy sustainable products and services
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E-waste - Sobering facts

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Bob Crooks - British Computer Society

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E-waste - Sobering facts

  1. 1. E-Waste – Sobering facts
  2. 2. Some E-Waste background… • We generate around 40 million tons of electronic waste every year, worldwide. That’s like throwing 800 laptops every second. • An average cellphone user replaces their unit once every 18 months. • E-waste comprises 70% of our overall toxic waste. • Only 12.5% of E-Waste is recycled. • 85% of our E-Waste are sent to landfills and incinerators are mostly burned, and release harmful toxins in the air! • Electronics contain lead which can damage our central nervous system and kidneys. • A child’s mental development can be affected by low level exposure to lead. • The most common hazardous electronic items include LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma Televisions, TVs and computers with Cathode Ray Tubes. • E-waste contains hundreds of substances, of which many are toxic. This includes mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, chromium, and flame retardants. • 80% of E-Waste in the US and from most other countries is transported to Asia. • 300 million computers and 1 billion cellphones go into production annually. It is expected to grow by 8% per year. (not forgetting IoT devices!) Facts for 2014/15 from World Counts web site : https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Electronic-Waste-Facts
  3. 3. E-Waste – Positive actions?
  4. 4. So what can we do about it…. • Build to recycle and repair • Build from recycled • Buy sustainable products and services • Sweat the asset – its not just an energy issue… • Power management • Repair to prolong life • Pass on for re-use, re-cycle, re-claim • It’s a crime to throw away…
  5. 5. E-Footprints
  6. 6. 0,0 2,0 4,0 6,0 8,0 10,0 12,0 14,0 apr-16 mag-16 giu-16 lug-16 ago-16 set-16 ott-16 nov-16 dic-16 gen-17 feb-17 mar-17 tCO2e ICT Carbon Footprint (Daily) Defra ICT Animal Health Natural England Rural Payments Agency Previous Year UK Government Footprints – Defra 2016/17 by organisation
  7. 7. 0,0 2,0 4,0 6,0 8,0 10,0 12,0 apr-16 mag-16 giu-16 lug-16 ago-16 set-16 ott-16 nov-16 dic-16 gen-17 feb-17 mar-17 tCO2e ICT Carbon Footprint (Daily by Device) Laptops Desktops Printers Networks Servers Sampson House Global Switch Daisy Uk Government Defra all organisations by ICT service
  8. 8. Changes Category Energy Use (kWh/y) % Energy Cost (£/y) CO2 emissions (kg/y) Number of staff covered Average kWh/y staff Average £/ staff Average kg CO2/ staff AV -202,972 -1.3% -19,688 -93,812 10,736 -26 -3 -12 End User devices 393,110 1.0% 38,132 181,692 1,063 11 1 5 Imaging -27,007 -0.4% -2,620 -12,482 1,063 -3 0 -1 Networks 814,901 4.3% 79,045 376,639 1,063 38 4 18 Servers 85,977 -3.8% 8,340 39,738 1,063 -27 -3 -12 Telephony 41,456 0.1% 4,021 19,161 1,063 1 0 1 TOTAL 1,105,466 107,230 510,935 -6 -1 -3 Changes 2015/16 to 2016/17

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