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Trash Inc.: The Secret Life of Garbage

Quiz: QUIZ: E-cycling

Question 2 of 10

What percent of the municipal solid waste stream is represented by used electronics?

  1. Less than 2%
  2. 5%
  3. 8%
  4. 12%
Correct!

Less than 2% of the municipal solid waste stream is represented by electronics. Good news, right? Well, not exactly. That number is almost certain to grow as long as consumers continue to replace obsolete equipment as frequently as they are now, and as long as problem-plagued gadgets like the iPhone 4 reach the marketplace in vast numbers.

SOURCE: Fact Sheet: Management of Electronic Waste in the United States | United States Environmental Protection Agency