1) "Electronics Waste Programs Ineffective in Most States," a story for IEEE Spectrum online on Sept. 11, 2013
2) Consumer electronics, critics charge, are designed for the dump. The latest gizmo enjoys a year or two of cutting-edge relevance and another two to five collecting dust. Then we throw it away. In the United States alone, 130 000 computers and more than 300 000 cellphones are trashed each day.
The discarded stuff typically goes to landfills (often illegally), where lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and other toxic and carcinogenic materials leach out from it. And donating obsolete products to the developing world is sometimes even worse.
(cc) photo by Curtis Palmer