A recent survey by Computer Aid International (an IT charity) shows that one in five senior IT staff members of firms in the United Kingdom cannot say that none of their equipment ends up in landfills. In fact, only 65% could say with confidence that their unwanted electronic equipment avoided the landfill. That means 1 in 5 companies cannot be sure that they are not sending potentially toxic materials to landfills in the UK.
Sadly, in the U.S., it’s not that much different. In fact, it’s worse, since the UK has a national law banning e-waste in landfills while the U.S. does not. Less than half of those in the UK and a comparable number here in the U.S. recycle at least half of their old IT equipment.