Electronic scrap (or e-scrap, which can refer to a variety of electronic products that have met their end of life) is one of the fastest growing discarded material streams in the world.
With the advancement of the technological age, industry and consumers are continuously disposing of cellphones, computers, monitors, laptops, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines and other types of equipment, often without any clear direction on how to prevent environmental contamination.
According to Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP), an international initiative created to develop solutions to address issues associated with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), the world produced nearly 54 million tons of used electrical and electronic products in 2012.
StEP forecasts that number to have been 33 percent higher, or 72 million tons, in 2017, according to an article on the LiveScience website. Clearly, we have a global waste minimization and disposal issue that needs to be addressed.