Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is a rapidly expanding issue. Clean Air Council’s electronic waste (or e-waste) program plays an important role in reducing exposure to harmful toxins through promoting sound electronics recycling and waste reduction policies. The Council educates the public on the environmental impacts of improper e-waste disposal and how to recycle electronics responsibly


Americans own nearly 3 billion electronic products.

Electronics, such as video game systems, digital cameras, computers, mp3 players, DVD players, televisions, and cell phones are quickly becoming the most popular type of new purchase, whether it be as a gift for someone else or as a replacement for an older version of a similar product. In fact, electronics typically account for approximately 25% of gift sales during the holiday season. Unfortunately, a good majority of old electronics that are being replaced by newer versions are ending up in landfills- where pollutants can seep into groundwater, soil, and air- posing a serious threat to the environment and public health.

Electronic waste represents two percent of America's trash in landfills, but it equals seventy percent of overall toxic waste.

E-waste is a global problem, especially since many developed countries ship their discarded electronic equipment to less developed countries.  There the e-waste is dismantled and burned, producing toxic emissions harmful to waste site workers and nearby communities.