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Andrew Del Prado argues that society’s attitude to e-recycling (recycling eletronic gadgets) is lagging far behind our desire to create the technology in the first place, and tells the Ecologist how his organisation is trying to combat this trend…..

The fast progress of the market of electronics comes with the proliferation of electronic waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency in their 2009 Facts and Figures on Municipal Solid Waste, about 82.3% of electronic waste in the US was thrown away in landfills or sent to incinerators. Only about 17.7% went to refurbishment facilities. This was far lower than the reported recycling rate of 33.8% for the overall municipal waste stream.
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