The Challenges With End-Of-Life Technology

From human and environmental health to data security. The challenges of end-of-life technology are serious.


The E-Waste Epidemic

The E-Waste epidemic is a major and growing threat to the health of our environment.

Only 20% of the E-Waste we produce is recycled. The balance is destined for an environmentally harmful end-of-life.

With 44.7 million metric tonnes of E-Waste generated in 2016 and an annual growth rate of 8%, a sustainable E-Waste solution is critical.

Important Facts

  • 50 million metric tonnes of E-Waste is expected to be produced annually by 2018

  • E-Waste is growing at 8% per annum

  • Less than 20% of the E-Waste produced annually is recycled

  • 80% of E-Waste is destined for an environmentally harmful end-of-life.

  • E-Waste represents 70% of all the toxicity in landfills globally

  • Around 1 billion mobile phones and 300 million computers produced annually

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Human Health

Vast amounts of the 80% of E-Waste that is unrecycled, end up in illegal dumping grounds, where it is burned to extract valuable metals.

When burned, E-Waste releases a toxic cocktail of gases containing dioxin, heavy metals and other pollutants which is released into the soil, water and air, poisoning communities.

Those living in these environments suffer major health issues including birth defects, brain, heart, liver, kidney and skeletal system damage. dramatically reducing life expectancy, as well as overall quality of life.

Important Facts

  • E-Waste dumpsites are some of the most toxic places in the world

  • Children and teens are some of the most affected by these toxic sites.

  • Levels of contamination are over 100 times higher than healthy benchmarks (Greenpeace)

  • In most cases, the toxic E-Waste is imported from developed countries.

  • E-Waste from major global brands has been found on these toxic sites.

  • Some of the most effected countries are Ghana, Pakistan, China and India

  • Those exposed suffer a dramatically shorter life expectancy

Environmental Health

Non-recycled E-Waste has a major impact on the health of our ecosystem.

Toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, nickel, beryllium, and zinc can leach into groundwater, contaminating wildlife and plant life while the toxic gases emitted from burning E-Waste pollutes the air and soil.

With current manufacturing and technology life-cycle trends, a major change is required in order to reverse the environmental impact of E-Waste.

Important Facts

  • Over 80% of E-Waste is destined for an environmentally harmful end-of-life

  • Lead released into the air from burning can travel long distances expanding the contamination

  • Exposure to E-Waste toxins destroys plant and animal life.

  • Cadmium does not break down in the environment when it enters the soil, water, and air.

  • E-Waste leaches dangerous metals into soil and groundwater contaminating the food chain

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Data Security

74% of businesses have over 1000 stale sensitive files on their ageing hardware.

This data can include highly detailed personal information such as health records, credit card or banking details.

Cybercriminals have become increasingly sophisticated in their efforts to acquire sensitive information they can use against companies and individuals.

Businesses have never been more threatened by data breaches while government policies and legal implications have been placed squarely on businesses that are exposed.

Important Facts

  • 74% of companies have over 1,000 stale sensitive files

  • Cybercrime damages damages are expected to hit $6 Trillion in 2018

  • Company fines for data breaches can exceed $2 million

  • Over 90% of all digital data has been created in the last two years

  • Accountability for data breaches lie with the business storing the data.

  • Data criminals will earn $150 billion in 2018