Waste Facts

We at ECS feel it is part of our responsibility to be an instrument in environmental stewardship, not only through our products and services, but by raising awareness as well. Below is a list of waste related facts that we collect over time and post.

FACT: Did you know that it takes three quarts of petroleum oil to produce the plastic parts for one printer cartridge?

FACT: It is estimated that 70,000 tons of used toner cartridges went into landfills last year in the United States alone.

FACT: If every household in the United States replaced only one of their standard incandescant light bulbs with a new low energy flourescent bulbs, in one year it would save enough energy to power all the homes in Washington DC for three years.

FACT: For every toner cartridge and its packaging that is thrown away, an average of 3.5 pounds of solid waste is added to the landfills

FACT: In the U.S., 2.21 million tons of electronic waste were produced in 2000, including 916,900 tons of information products.

FACT: More than a thousand metals, plastics, and chemicals are used to make electronic products and their components. About 40% of the heavy metals in landfills come from discarded electronic equipment.

FACT: The cathode ray tubes (CRTs) used in computer monitors contain several pounds of lead per tube.

FACT: Failure to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) can trigger civil or criminal prosecution with fines of up to $50,000 per day per violation or imprisonment for up to two years.

FACT: Annual growth of electronics processed by recyclers from 1998-2007: 18% Source: National Safety Council's EPR2 Baseline Report

FACT: 500 million PCs entered the waste stream from 1998-2007 Source: National Safety Council's EPR2 Baseline Report

FACT: Humanity's "ecological footprint" has more than tripled between 1961 and 2003, outpacing global population growth from 3 billion to 6.5 billion during the same period.

FACT: On current projections, humanity will be using two planets' worth of natural resources by 2050, if those resources have not run out by then. People are turning resources into waste faster than nature can turn waste into resources. Source: Global Footprint Report, Oct 2006

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