E-Waste May Begin to Decline After 2015

While televisions, computers, cell phones and other E-waste will continue to flood landfills for the next few years, we may see that trend tail off beginning in 2015. This according to a report released today by Pike Research, a market research and consulting firm based in Boulder, Colo.

The report, titled "Electronics Recycling and E-Waste Issues,” indicates that global E-waste volume will peak at 73 million metric tons by 2015. Then, thanks to government regulation, electronics industry initiatives, and consumer awareness, more E-waste will be diverted.

The report goes on to say that nonprofit groups and media efforts have, in effect, guilted electronics manufacturers into handling their products more responsibly. It cites Cisco, Dell, HP, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Sprint Nextel and Vodafone as leaders in responsible E-waste handling. But Clint Wheelock, Pike’s managing director, warns that there is still more work to do.

“It’s too easy and relatively inexpensive to simply throw electronics away,” says Wheelock, in a press release, “though we are seeing improvements in popular awareness.”

The full report can be downloaded for free here.