Consumer electronics recycling in the US went up from 30.6 percent in 2012 to 40.4 percent in 2013 — the same year the EPA launched the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge to promote responsible donation and recycling of used electronics — according to the agency’s report on the program.
Through the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management program, the agency seeks the most productive and sustainable use of materials across their life cycle, minimizing the amounts of materials involved and all associated environmental impacts. Earlier this month, the G7 committed to ambitious action to advance the efficient use of natural resources throughout their life cycle.
For every million cell phones recycled, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered, the EPA says.
In Dell’s annual 2020 Legacy of Good plan, the company says it has collected 1.4 billion pounds of e-waste since 2007 in what it says is the world’s largest technology recycling program by geography.