The Story of E-Waste: What Happens to Tech Once It's Trash

Let's check out some numbers. There are, right this very moment, more than a billion computers worldwide. Two hundred million televisions were sold is 2009 alone. Eight million dashtop GPS units were purchased in 2008. One hundred and ten million digital cameras were sold in 2009. Apple blew out 20 million iPods in just the first quarter of that same year.

Indeed, according to a November 2010 report published by think-tank Demos and penned by author Elizabeth Grossman (a journalist specializing in environmental and science issues and the author of "High Tech Trash"), there are three billion electronics products currently in use in America alone. That's a fifty percent increase since 2007 – and a turnover rate of 400 million per annum.