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Rising e-waste problem: Are mobile devices to blame?

Posted: 10 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TechNavio? mobile device? e-waste? OEM eCycle Best?

According to the latest e-waste report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 142,000 computers and over 416,000 mobile devices are being thrown away daily. In the U.S. alone, more than 3.4 million tons of e-waste is generated everyday!

Users clamouring for the latest devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favoured product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.

Electronics products are becoming obsolescent at a faster and faster rate. The end result is a dramatic rise in the amount of e-waste that needs to be handled. In fact, market research firm TechNavio forecast that the global e-waste market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7 per cent between 2014 and 2019.

Reverse logistics, then, is going to be an increasingly critical topic for electronics OEMs. The good news is that with some careful planning, these organisations can not only stem the tide of electronics e-waste, but also improve customer service, add a shine to corporate image, and even save money.

The infographic below, from eCycle Best, takes a look at what becomes of electronic gadgets at the end of their life.

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

Impact of mobile devices on e-waste

- Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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