Phones, computers and other gadgets have added to a 63% increase in electronic waste in Asia
China alone more than doubled its electronic trash within that time frame. Shorter lifespans of technology and the need for replacements, is cited as another reason why e-trash is growing in Asia.
The study notes that e-trash is often dumped illegally, ultimately causing environmental problems. Tech products often contain lead and mercury that are toxic to humans and the planet. Meanwhile, the process of burning electronics which is often conducted by landfills to get rid of clutter can cause chronic health issues.