What is eWaste?

eWaste is an epidemic.

Wanted Dead or Alive

Advances in consumer electronics and PC’s have improved our lives in countless ways.

However, our growing dependence on electronic products that rule every aspect of our lives has given rise to a tremendous liability and environmental hazard: eWaste.

EPA studies show that e-waste already makes up 1-2% of the known solid waste stream. eWaste contains toxic elements and sensitive data which must be handled properly by a certified recycler with strict environmental policies and data destruction procedures.

Mountains of eWaste

An estimated 50 million tons of eWaste are produced each year, globally. In the United States, the average household generates 40 pounds of eWaste per year, and has another 87 pounds of eWaste in storage.

The EPA estimates that over 75% of electronic waste ends up in landfills or incinerators. This disregard for earth’s precious resources is not only terribly damaging to our planet, but it is also financially wasteful and irresponsible.

Until we change the trend, toxic eWaste will continue to build up mountains in developing countries, landfills, closets and drawers.

Chemical Concoctions

Mercury, lead, BFRs and cadmium seep into ground water and streams or are released into the atmosphere as dioxin when electronics are improperly disposed of in landfills.

These carcinogens cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, blood systems, and kidneys as well as adversely affect children’s growing brains and nervous systems. Adults can suffer cancer, organ damage, mental impairment, and a variety of other symptoms.

Our unmatched accountability to the environment means we never put electronics into landfills. Our intelligent infrastructure makes it easy for the public to protect our planet.

Exporting an Epidemic

“As much as 80% of the electronic waste sent to so-called ‘recyclers’ in the United States is not recycled in this country at all but instead gets exported to developing countries where labor is cheap and environmental and occupational standards are lacking.” – Basel Action Network

Burning these toxic materials for scrap metal causes serious, life threatening health implications and pollute both water and air. Once pristine landscapes are swallowed by swelling seas of toxic electronic junk and the tide is rising rapidly.

Green Box uses extreme care in choosing our certified recycling partners to assure ethical steps are taken to recycle electronic waste responsibly. We never export unprocessed eWaste to developing countries.

Cooling is Cool

Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Solving global warming will improve our lives by cleaning up air pollution while investing in clean energy, green jobs and smart energy solutions that get the U.S. economy moving again. We need to drive smarter cars, save money with energy efficient homes and offices, and build better communities and transportation networks.

By the nature of our business, Green Box is making large strides to reduce CO2 emissions and keep our planet cool.

Health and Safety

Much has been done to bring the eWaste epidemic to the attention of law makers and government officials worldwide.

25 states have already passed legislation mandating statewide recycling of e-waste, with several other states in the process of passing similar laws.

Green Box exceeds EPA regulations and suggested guidelines for handling e-waste and we work closely with our partners to ensure the highest environmental standards.



– Wendel Berry

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