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There's no question that electronics are both useful and fun, and are an indespensible part of many of our lives. However, nearly 2 millon tons of electronics wind up in landfills in the United States alone every year, and about 50 million tons worldwide.

Less than 20% of e-waste is currently recycled. And even electronics that are recycled still pose a risk: many recyclers sell e-waste to brokers who ship it to the developing world where environmental enforcement is weak and where cheap labor pick through mountains of electronics waste to melt it down for salable materials.

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