Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.
Despite knowing how harmful it can be, companies and businesses (primarily those in Europe and the US) target countries in the Gulf of Guinea as a dump for their toxic waste.
Apple's newest release comes without a wall charger and earpods. While the shift could reduce the company's carbon footprint, users shifting to wireless charging will use more energy.
Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.
Demand for electric and electronic products is fuelling the meteoric rise in e-waste.
There is an urgent need for greater awareness of the dangerous substances found in the environment.
Sites like Agbogbloshie provides a valuable service. They offer opportunities for job creation, profit and cleaning up environments littered with waste.
E-cigarettes are hotly debated because of the uncertainty of whether they are a gateway to cigarette smoking for teens, or an aid to smoking cessation. One thing is clear: They are not biodegradable.
Paper-based devices with foldable, biodegradable batteries provide a new way to reduce electronic waste. But how would these new gadgets work?
Design-for-recycling and take-back laws – not just more recycling – are needed to address the sprawling e-waste problem.