According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 Report, by 2030, the world’s collective e-waste could grow to about 74.7 million tons. That’s roughly equivalent to eight times the weight of China’s Three Gorges Dam.
The findings come from a partnership formed in 2017 between the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, the International Solid Waste Association and other groups to track the accumulation of electronic debris. The projected e-waste for 2020 and other future years doesn’t include any economic consequences that might be related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higher consumption rates of electronics, as well as shorter life cycles for many devices, are contributing to the rapid pileup. And most people also are not properly and safely recycling their devices, the report found. Of the 53.6 million tons of e-waste generated in 2019, only 9.3 million tons, or 17.4 percent, were recycled.
Discarded electronics can contain hazardous materials — such as cadmium and mercury in laptops and smartphones, and refrigerant chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons — that can leach into the environment (SN: 8/7/19; SN: 5/22/19). E-waste is also a source of plastic waste (SN: 4/5/18).
It is estimated that 70% of all ink cartridges and 50% of all toner cartridges are not recycled. The plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade polymer that has a very slow decomposing rate. Ink cartridges can take up to 1000 years depending on the cartridge.
Most people know it’s bad to throw out used ink cartridges, so they end up holding on to them for their next trip to the office supply store. Unfortunately, places like Staples and Office Depot limit the amount of ink they will take and reward you with very little.
This New Year’s make one of your resolutions an ink recycling one. Start by visiting DoorStepInk.com to receive a FREE USPS shipping label to mail your used ink cartridges from your home or office. In return, you will immediately receive 20% OFF your purchase of eco-friendly, high-quality, remanufactured in the USA ink cartridges from DoorStepInk.
By recycling and buying remanufactured ink cartridges you are helping to eliminate unnecessary waste, reducing carbon output, and saving money.
This is one New Year’s resolution you can achieve and continue throughout the year.