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2021 By the Numbers -- Over 11 million pounds electronic waste collected
February 02, 2022
The Michigan Electronic Waste Takeback program supported the recycling of 11,567,000 pounds of potentially hazardous electric waste (e-waste) in 2020, the most recent numbers available.
That is 1.1 lb. of electronics per Michigan resident that was collected and properly disposed of. That's important because electronic waste is a growing issue in Michigan and around the world.
The Electronic Waste Takeback Program was established in 2008 as part of a law promoting electronic waste recycling. The program operates through the Materials Management Division at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
Here are a few statistics about the program in Michigan, the U.S. and the world:
- There are 63 registered manufacturers with the Michigan program in 2021. Five manufacturers were exempted from registering due to low sales
- There are 23 electronics recyclers registered with the program in 2021.
- A special program collected over 225,000 pounds of electronics in the rural areas of the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula in calendar year 2021.
- The Bay Mills Indian Community collected over 32,000 pounds of unwanted electronics for one six-hour collection event.
- On average, each resident in the U.S. generates 5.5 pounds of waste electronics each year.
- On a worldwide scale, 17% of the electronics generated gets recycled.
- On average, we are generating 5%, by weight, more waste electronics each year.
Learn more about Michigan's Electronic Waste Takeback Program at Michigan.gov/EGLEEwaste.
Caption: Electronic waste collection event in Meridian Township in September 2021.