Electronic waste is products which are unwanted, not working or out of date. Products that have reached their life cycle. Currently technology advances with a high rate, so in a just a couple of years after its production everything becomes somewhat obsolete.
In 2012 50 million tonnes of the e-waste has been generated worldwide, which has been estimated to grow by up to 33% by 2016. Many of the objects thrown away contain toxic materials, which harm the environment when not taken care of properly, which they are not. This waste ends up in third-world countries where it is cheaper for them to be processed in awful conditions. The people working there often suffer illnesses, due to toxic fumes or getting in touch with toxic materials. In 2012 China has generated 11.1 million tonnes and America 10 million tonnes of e-waste, though Americans produce more waste per person. In 2010 the US has discarded 258.2 million tones of computers television, mobile phones , of which only 66% has been recycled. 2011 the US has sold 120 million mobile phones of which 12 million have been collected for recycling. Many of those phones contain precious metals, but not many are being taken care of to extract them. All those metals could be used in next generation technology development.
To prevent e-waste it should all start from education. People already know how to recycle paper, plastic in metal cans. Recycling electronics needs to be taught. Some cities have recycling plants, but it costs money and time. A lot of the waste is shipped to other countries like Africa to be discarded cheaper by people who know nothing of electronics which poses threat.