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By 2017, World's E-Waste Predicted to Grow 33%

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It looks like the e-waste problem is only getting worse. A new study by the "Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative" predicts that by 2017, the global volume of discarded TVs, cellphones, computers, and monitors and other electronic products will produce about 33 percent more e-waste, or 72 million tons. That amount weighs about 11 times as much as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The forecast, based on data gathered from multiple sources, predicts e-waste generation will swell by a third in the next five years, led by the United States and China.

The U.S. generated about 258.2 million units of used computers, monitors, TVs and cellphones in 2010, 171.4 million of which were collected for recycling, and 14.4 million were exported, according to the report.

The U.S. is a major exporter of used electronics. The U.S. exports more CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors by weight than any other product, and more cellphones than any other electronics product in terms of numbers.

To view an infographic that tracks the world's e-waste, click here.

This is another example of why it's so important to choose a computer recycling company that is certified not to ship electronic waste overseas.

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