E-Waste Overview

Advances in consumer electronics and PC’s have improved our lives in countless ways. However, because of our growing dependence on electronic products that rule every aspect of our lives we’ve given rise to an environmental hazard: E-waste. EPA studies show that e-waste already makes up 1-2% of the known solid waste stream. Since electronic waste is said to multiply, environmental consequences have driven government policies to find alternative solutions such as the reuse and/or recycling of older electronics.

E-Waste Facts:



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), estimated that
30 to 40 million PCs will be ready for "end-of-life management" in each of
the next 3-4 years

About 25 million TVs are taken out of service yearly.



EPA estimates that in 2005, the U.S. discarded 1.5 to 1.9 million tons
(3 billion lbs.) of computers, TVs, VCRs, monitors, cell phones, and
other equipment.

Many electronic devices contain high enough levels of toxic materials such
as lead, barium, cadmium, and mercury that render them hazardous when
disposed.

Televisions and computer monitors contain a picture tube known as
cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which contain significant amounts of lead.


Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) are illuminated by mercury-filled panels.
Circuitry within monitors and other electronic boards contain chromium,
copper, and lead that exceed regulatory limits.

The batteries that power many of these types of equipment contain
metals such as lead, nickel, cadmium, silver, lithium, and other
dangerous metals.


Green Box Electronics Recyclers goes above and beyond on all EPA regulations and guidelines for handling e-waste and hazardous materials.  Green Box Electronic Recyclers is leading the way for the recycling industry by employing its own 0-landfill policies and practices.


GBER’s unmatched commitment to accountability means we do not put electronics into landfills. Our facilities make it easy for our customers to help protect the environment.


Green Box Electronic Recyclers uses extreme care in choosing each vendor to assure the proper ethical steps for the de-manufacturing and recycling of the electronics you place in our care. We work side by side with these partners closely to track every item through the end of the recycling process to ensure that the disposal of toxins is completed safely.