Hopefully you learned something from our e-waste quiz. Check out the full answers and explanations for each question below.
Question 1: What does e-waste stand for?
E-waste stands for electronics waste. It is the trash we generate from broken, old or obsolete electronic devices. Old cellphones, maybe a computer that no longer works, or even an old printer that you’ve recently replaced – these can all be considered e-waste!
Question 2: What country produces the most e-waste annually?
The largest producer of e-waste is China, with a total of 10.1 million tons. But while China is the leading producer of e-waste, in terms of e-waste per capita their annual 7.2 kilograms pales in comparison to many European and Anglo nations. Currently Norway leads the ranking at 26 kilograms of e-waste per capita and year – a number potentially upped by the prevalence of electric cars in the country whose batteries count as (enormous chunks of) e-waste.
Question 3: What should you do with an old computer that you don’t use anymore?
When you toss out your old electronics in the regular garbage they typically end up in the landfills alongside everything else. This releases materials such as lead, mercury or cadmium into the soil, water, and atmosphere – not very eco-friendly.
If you’re adamant about being more environmentally savvy, your best options are to recycle or donate your computer. Computer manufacturers, electronics stores, and other organizations have computer recycling or donation programs, so you can do a bit of research to see which works best for you!
Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit sentimental and not yet ready to part with your computer, then the StartMeStick may be what you’re looking for. The StartMeStick is a fast, private, and secure operating system on a USB stick – as long as your computer is able to turn on, you can use the StartMeStick to give your computer a second life!
Question 4: Is an old phone (that still works) considered e-waste?
Yes! Just because your old electronics still work doesn’t mean they’re not considered e-waste. E-waste refers to old and obsolete electronics, so if you’re no longer using the device you can still recycle it as e-waste (you don’t have to wait for it to break).
Question 5: According to the UN, what percent of total global e-waste is recycled?
Only 15-20% of total global e-waste is recycled according to the UN, despite a lot of e-waste possessing high-value recoverable materials such as copper and gold! It’s estimated that Americans throw away roughly $55 billion worth of e-waste material annually.
Question 6: How many new consumer electronics are bought every year?
A current estimate indicates that close to 1.6 billion new consumer electronics are purchased each year, and this number is expected to grow continuously year after year.
Question 7: What’s one way to make your computer last longer?
The best tip to make anything last longer is regular maintenance. When it comes to your computer, this maintenance typically requires regular disk clean ups and running antivirus programs to make sure your computer is as clean as it should be.
If you really want to ensure your computer’s longevity, the FixMeStick should be number one on your list. Unlike antivirus software, which works only while your system is running, the FixMeStick reboots your computer using a system on the stick, so it’s able to remove the viruses and malware that other antivirus and security programs can’t detect.
If despite your best efforts you believe your computer is destined for recycling, there are still a few things you can try before saying goodbye. If your old computer isn’t working the way it should be, then the StartMeStick is your best bet! You can keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste with the StartMeStick.
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