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2021 By the Numbers -- Over 11 million pounds electronic waste collected

Electronic waste recycling collection event in Meridian Township in September 2021The 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

Caption: Electronic waste collection event in Meridian Township in September 2021.

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