According to the Environmental Protection Agency, E-waste is now the fastest growing part of the municipal waste stream. It was estimated that between 2003 and 2010, more than three billion consumer electronic devices would be discarded.
In the U.S., global consumer electronics makers continue to ramp up efforts to recycle more e-waste. As an example, Samsung Electronics America Inc. has recycled 12 million pounds of e-waste in 2009. Still, more effort is needed.
Incorporating responsible recycling practices into your business is one more step in building business sustainability. A sustainable business strategy is to begin with the end in mind. Consider sustainable purchasing which addresses environmental and social factors, as well as the total costs associated with each purchase. It means looking at what products are made of, where they come from, how they were made and how they will be disposed.