Case 5, Inquiry #1: Material E-Waste

The E-Waste team has assembled a series of questions that it would like to pose to the class over the course of the next couple of weeks.  Our first inquiry concerns the material aspect of e-waste:

“Electronic waste”, or e-waste, may be defined as all secondary computers, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, and other items such as television sets and refrigerators, whether sold, donated, discarded, or recycled by their original owners.   In the U.S, we generate more than 3 million tons of e-waste every year.  Of this amount, only about 15% enters the recycling stream.  The remainder is either destined for landfills and/or incineration – either domestically or abroad.

Please post pictures of e-waste that you currently have in your home.  Tell us why you have not yet either discarded or recycled it.


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