The dead gadget glutton

Sep 17, 2010

By Katie Benner, writer

Our toys and devices are amazing -- until they're obsolete. That's bad news for the planet, but good news for Electronic Recyclers International, a $50-million-in-revenue company that expects sales to double by 2012. Fresno-based ERI partners with the likes of Samsung and Best Buy (bby) and is the largest electronics recycler in the U.S.

By the numbers:

  • 206 Million computer products and 140 million phones are discarded in the U.S. every year. Worldwide, annual electronic waste is 50 million tons.
  • 70% of the heavy metals in U.S. landfills come from our outdated electronics and include toxins like lead and mercury. Only 15% to 20% of our gadgets are recycled.
  • 23 states now have an electronics recycling law on the books, but regulations are inconsistent. Other states have funded voluntary recycling projects.
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