Every year, Americans dispose of as much as 4.5 million tons of used cell phones, laptops, TVs, gaming consoles and other electronics. Cell phones alone make up 65,000 tons of e-waste per year. Some are sent to certified ITAD providers for recycling, refurbishment or repair, and a more than desirable amount are simply thrown in landfills and incinerators.

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As the fastest growing segment in the waste stream, e-waste is primarily known for being made up of electronics and electronics parts. But, what about the plastic case that houses your precious iPad and smartphones?

Plastic waste from electronics, more commonly know as e-plastics, are the plastics and other packing materials used to encase your expensive devices.

As certified ITAD providers improve upon their processes for electronics recycling, e-plastics continue to make waves.

The upcoming Plastics Recycling Conference will feature updates on how to collect, sort and recycle e-plastics, as well as updates on initiatives manufacturers have undertaken to remove additives, simplify disassembly and make their products easier to recycle.