Australians will throw 1.6 million computers into landfill this year. Another 1.8 million will go into storage—adding to the 5.3 million already gathering dust.
“E-waste” (junk computers and other electronic goods) is now one of the fastest-growing waste categories, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Australians buy 2.4 million personal computers and more than a million TVs annually. But while we now recycle 46% of our waste, the stockpile of obsolete electronics keeps growing. Only half a million computers will be recycled this year.