<ul><li>An Examination of the E-waste Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Tristan Burt, Nebraska Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Metech Re...
What  IS  E-waste??? Electronic waste or e-waste is the rapidly expanding volume of obsolete computers, printers, fax mach...
How Much E-waste Is There? <ul><li>e-waste is a recent phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>130 million  cell phones discarded in ...
What’s the Problem with E-waste? I – Electronic devices are full of toxic material especially Computers, monitors & TVs  <...
Metech Recycling Slide  Toxic Content of E-waste
What Happens to our E-Waste? 2007 <ul><li>United States Generated 3.01 million tons of electronics waste </li></ul><ul><li...
What Happens to E-waste?  Markets for EOL Monitors and TVs <ul><li>EPA Report – April 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the Y...
So its bad stuff – Why should I care if China gets polluted with our old electronics? Metech Recycling Slide  I mean, they...
We Exist in a Global Economy <ul><li>80% of children living in Guai, China suffering from lead poisoning due to e-waste pr...
So Why Ship E-waste to China??? <ul><li>Extremely Low Labor Costs </li></ul><ul><li>No Worker-Safety Standards </li></ul><...
Metech Recycling Slide  <ul><ul><li>But I found a Place that will take it for FREE!!! </li></ul></ul>
Why   “ Free Recycling”   Doesn’t Work <ul><li>The Market for used CRT-based Devices (Monitors, TVs) is quickly evaporatin...
What’s the Problem with E-waste? II - Theft of Sensitive Information <ul><li>2003 MIT Student Study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
III – What is the  US doing about it? Legislative Activity <ul><li>17 States currently have comprehensive e-waste legislat...
What’s So Great About Legislation? <ul><li>Well Defined Solution for Consumers and Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Much Highe...
When Left Unregulated <ul><li>Search for lowest operational and disposal cost has led to dubious practices </li></ul><ul><...
Implications for Businesses: Economics <ul><li>it doesn’t cost much to get it right! </li></ul><ul><li>the  positive PR  m...
IV – What do you do to prevent toxic dumping? <ul><li>have a  clearly defined policy </li></ul><ul><li>make  someone  resp...
Choosing a Legitimate Recycler  Documentation <ul><li>certificate of guaranteed destruction </li></ul><ul><li>downstream p...
Choosing a Legitimate Recycler Visit the Site! <ul><li>is disassembly/demanufacturing  actually  happening!! </li></ul><ul...
Thank You! <ul><li>For further information, contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Metech Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>www.metechrecycl...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>An Examination of the E-waste Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Tristan Burt, Nebraska Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Metech Recycling </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  2. 2. What IS E-waste??? Electronic waste or e-waste is the rapidly expanding volume of obsolete computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, and other electronic devices finding its way into the waste stream of the US and other countries. - If you can’t use it, sell it, or repair it than it becomes e-waste Metech Recycling Slide
  3. 3. How Much E-waste Is There? <ul><li>e-waste is a recent phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>130 million cell phones discarded in the US in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>60-65 million PCs become obsolete every year in the US </li></ul><ul><li>EPA estimate – 1.9 million tons of e-waste landfilled in 2000 (EXCLUDING electric appliances) </li></ul><ul><li>3 – 5% of material in landfills </li></ul><ul><li>growing 3 times the rate of other waste </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 600+ million tons of computers/TVs and other electronics waiting in “e-waste purgatory” </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  4. 4. What’s the Problem with E-waste? I – Electronic devices are full of toxic material especially Computers, monitors & TVs <ul><li>CRTs contain 4 - 12 lbs of lead and account for 40% of all lead in landfills </li></ul><ul><li>computers contain a variety of other toxic metals </li></ul><ul><li>e-waste accounts for 70% of heavy metals in landfills </li></ul><ul><li>incinerating computer plastics generates toxic emissions (dioxins, chlorinated gasses) </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  5. 5. Metech Recycling Slide Toxic Content of E-waste
  6. 6. What Happens to our E-Waste? 2007 <ul><li>United States Generated 3.01 million tons of electronics waste </li></ul><ul><li>86.4% or 2.6 million tons TRASHED ending up in landfills or incinerators </li></ul><ul><li>13.6% or 410,000 tons recovered for recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated that 50-80% of the recycled material ends up in developing countries for processing. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Happens to E-waste? Markets for EOL Monitors and TVs <ul><li>EPA Report – April 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the Year 2005: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Resale in U.S. 5% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Glass to Glass Recycling in U.S. 2% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Glass to Lead Smelting in U.S. 6% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Glass to Glass Abroad 14% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Exported for “Reuse” 61% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The reality is that less than 10% ever used again </li></ul></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  8. 8. So its bad stuff – Why should I care if China gets polluted with our old electronics? Metech Recycling Slide I mean, they’re like, halfway around the world!!!
  9. 9. We Exist in a Global Economy <ul><li>80% of children living in Guai, China suffering from lead poisoning due to e-waste processing </li></ul><ul><li>Recent discoveries of High Levels of lead in low-cost jewelry and toys manufactured in China </li></ul><ul><li>20 Million Toys recalled in the US in 2007 due to high levels of Lead. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing material tracked back to electronics recycling operations </li></ul></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  10. 10. So Why Ship E-waste to China??? <ul><li>Extremely Low Labor Costs </li></ul><ul><li>No Worker-Safety Standards </li></ul><ul><li>No Environmental Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Get the Good Stuff – Dump the Bad Stuff </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  11. 11. Metech Recycling Slide <ul><ul><li>But I found a Place that will take it for FREE!!! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Why “ Free Recycling” Doesn’t Work <ul><li>The Market for used CRT-based Devices (Monitors, TVs) is quickly evaporating (There IS NO U.S. Market!) </li></ul><ul><li>CRT-based devices have a negative raw material value </li></ul><ul><li>Many other electronic devices (printers, copiers, other small devices) have very little value as separated material. </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide If you can’t sell it as a working device, and it costs money to process it correctly , how can you take it for free?
  13. 13. What’s the Problem with E-waste? II - Theft of Sensitive Information <ul><li>2003 MIT Student Study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>158 used hard drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>129 still worked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>69 had recoverable files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49 contained credit card, medical records & personal correspondence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 contained ATM transaction info. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the top areas for dumping e-waste is Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The number one area of the world for identity theft is AFRICA! </li></ul></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  14. 14. III – What is the US doing about it? Legislative Activity <ul><li>17 States currently have comprehensive e-waste legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Most are Extended Producer Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>California is Advance Recovery Fee </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Congress has not yet seriously considered legislation </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  15. 15. What’s So Great About Legislation? <ul><li>Well Defined Solution for Consumers and Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Much Higher Rate of Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Raises the Standards for the Electronics Recycling Industry </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  16. 16. When Left Unregulated <ul><li>Search for lowest operational and disposal cost has led to dubious practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>illegal landfilling/midnight dumping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exploitation of prison labor under terrible working conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dumping in third world countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The choice for poverty or poison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>should never be an option! </li></ul></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  17. 17. Implications for Businesses: Economics <ul><li>it doesn’t cost much to get it right! </li></ul><ul><li>the positive PR may be worth a lot </li></ul><ul><li>conserving resources, reducing waste </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  18. 18. IV – What do you do to prevent toxic dumping? <ul><li>have a clearly defined policy </li></ul><ul><li>make someone responsible </li></ul><ul><li>deal with the data security issue </li></ul><ul><li>be proactive – think about risks and values </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  19. 19. Choosing a Legitimate Recycler Documentation <ul><li>certificate of guaranteed destruction </li></ul><ul><li>downstream processing information </li></ul><ul><li>compliance with environmental & other business regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications (ISO 9001, IOS 14001, CHWMEG, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>BAN e-Steward Certification </li></ul><ul><li>references (EPA, state agency, corporations) </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide Metech
  20. 20. Choosing a Legitimate Recycler Visit the Site! <ul><li>is disassembly/demanufacturing actually happening!! </li></ul><ul><li>beware of shipping containers </li></ul><ul><li>Are there hard drive destruction capabilities? </li></ul><ul><li>Safe working conditions?? </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide
  21. 21. Thank You! <ul><li>For further information, contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Metech Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>www.metechrecycling.com </li></ul><ul><li>402-339-1172 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Metech Recycling Slide

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