Antique electronics waste is the largest source of electronic waste in the world, according to a new report by a global watchdog.
The report, entitled Antique Electronic Waste, also found that more than half of all electronic waste generated in the United States is from vintage computers and electronic devices, according the Consumer Electronics Association.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) says the industry generates more than $150 billion a year in electrical waste.
The study estimated that nearly half of the industry’s annual electronic waste generates from obsolete computers and devices.
This report, titled Antique Electronics Waste, found that nearly two-thirds of the world’s electrical waste is from older, used, and/or discarded computers and/a mobile phone.
The report also estimated that the amount of electricity generated from this waste is approximately equivalent to more than 2.5 million homes.
The ASME says the current waste problem is the result of many factors including overconsumption, lack of awareness, and outdated technology.
It also notes that many of the devices are in poor condition and often require a repair, while many are still not properly protected from electromagnetic fields.
The electronic waste problem also impacts rural communities, the report says.
Many of the homes in the rural areas that use old electronics often have very limited electric and lighting infrastructure.
They also may have poor drainage and other infrastructure, and may be unaware of the dangers of electromagnetic fields in their homes.
In addition, many of these rural communities do not have reliable water and power supplies.
According to the report, the electronic waste industry generates $7.6 billion in sales annually, with some industries accounting for 40% of all these industries.