EPA SMM Web Academy - Materials Footprint of the Consumer Electronics Ecosystem
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
Thursday April 27, 2017 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
An innovative collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) completed a comprehensive analysis to determine the material footprint of consumer technology being used in U.S. households from 1990 to 2015. Phase One of this study focused on 21 of the most common consumer technologies during this time frame including TVs, phones, computers, monitors and various entertainment devices. The materials consumed, those held in stock and those that are entering the waste stream and available for recycling, were quantified using a material flows analysis approach. The analysis looked at products, weights and key materials consumed. One key finding was that while the number and type of products sold have increased, the net material consumption has declined to levels not seen since the early 1990’s. These finding are significant from a Sustainable Materials Management perspective and the implications for future recycling needs and technology development.
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