On Global Earth Day weekend, more than 248 tons (225 metric tonnes) of electronic waste were kept out of landfills during a huge, multi-national e-waste collection event. Recycling facilities and collection points in North America, Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom received the waste that was otherwise destined for landfills around the globe. This is how it should be every day of the year.
The purpose of this Earth Day event was to promote awareness of the need to recycle electrical and electronic equipment, no matter where in the world you live.
472,985 pounds of e-waste were collected in North America from 25 Earth Day events. In other countries, events included beach cleanups, outreach and educational events, monetary donations to local schools for every kilogram collected, and more.