Consumer electronics companies launched an industry-wide effort Wednesday to recycle more potentially toxic electronic waste.
The eCycling Leadership Initiative aims to recycle 1 billion pounds of electronic items each year. Americans dispose of more than 2 million tons of unwanted electronics each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. About 18 percent is recycled, leaving most so-called e-waste in landfills, where toxic materials can leak out.
"The launch of the eCycling Leadership Initiative is a watershed moment in the history of electronics recycling in the United States," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, said in a statement. The program will also focus on consumer education, promote recycler certification, and prevent companies from dumping electronic waste in developing countries.