A recent report by the European Union found that only about a third of Europe’s e-waste is being disposed of properly.
“The rest wound up in landfills and black market sales and exports, which can lead to economic, environmental and health problems,” Newsweek said. “Proper disposal methods for e-waste exist, but many European consumers and companies don’t use them.”
This isn’t just Europe’s problem. A study by the United Nations released earlier this year found that the United States had the dubious honor of being the world’s biggest e-waste dumpers, discarding 7.1 million tons of e-waste.