If you thought ‘selfie’ and ‘baby bump‘ were just a silly fad, you thought wrong. Merriam-Webster recently added 150 new (and weird) words to dictionary.
Don’t lose faith just yet. Our language is dynamic and the latest additions show that waste and recycling are part of what’s trending now. Common tech words including “e-waste,” “hash tag,” and “hot spot” were just a few that made the cut.
“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” said Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski, explaining that the internet has especially changed business “in profound ways.”
The adoption of these terms seem to indicate that Merriam-Webster is whole-heartedly embracing the lexicon of a younger, tech-savvy generation. Not to mention, e-waste finally being recognized as a collegiate term shows growing awareness for the electronics recycling industry.
Did you know e-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but an astonishing 70% of overall toxic waste?
There’s a goldmine hidden within the electronics sitting in your junk drawer. The U.S. EPA estimates that recycling 1 million mobile phones reclaims 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium.
If recycled by a certified electronics recycler, a mere one pound of electronics contains more gold than a pound of gold ore. Worldwide awareness of the e-waste issue is necessary to cut down the 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste disposed worldwide because just by recycling one million laptops, the energy saved is equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
The global industry is expected to quadruple in the next few years making it the most lucrative time for electronics recycling as it gains awareness and momentum.
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