What is e-waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) is simply discarded electrical and electronic equipment and is one of the largest global waste streams. Unfortunately, much of it ends up in landfill, polluting the environment. Up to 50 million tonnes are disposed of each year – a sizeable and expensive waste stream to deal with, or perhaps a valuable resource for new materials and products.

Resources

 

 The lesson plans below contain activities and fact sheets to guide learning 

Lesson plan 1:

introduces the e-waste problem and solutions

Lesson plan 2:

looks at metal recovery to conserve natural resources

Did you know?

There are 7.2 billion mobile phones in use today 

300 million computers are made every year

of e-waste is currently recycled

 

 

 

  

17.4%