Electronics Waste Will Soon Weigh as Much as 8 Egyptian Pyramids

The average U.S. resident tosses 66 pounds of e-waste each year.

The average U.S. resident generates 66 pounds of electronics waste per year, according to a new United Nations analysis, just slightly less than the 70 pounds per capita we add to our lives each year.

And the problem isn’t getting any smaller. By 2017, the UN estimates, world volumes of end-of-life e-products is expected to be 33% higher than 2012 and weigh the equivalent of eight Great Egyptian Pyramids.

Much of that e-waste, as it is known, is generated around the holidays, when new devices are delivered with bright red bows, and the old are discarded. Recycling e-waste properly is important because the electronics often contain toxic heavy metals that should be kept from landfills or incinerators to avoid pollution, and because many components are valuable and can be reused.

The U.N. report includes a first-of-its-kind map, which invites you to compare the electronics consumed and discarded, by country, as well as regulations down to the state level that govern the use and disposal of electronics.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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