E-Waste is defined as a discarded item containing a battery or plug. This type of waste had risen to 44.7 million metric tons (Mt) in 2017 from 41.4 Mt in 20141. An estimated $57 billion USD could have been recycled in 2019, providing approximately 25 Mt of raw materials for new products2. E-waste recycling is happening but what is profitable to recycle is not necessarily what will help the environment the most if we keep it out of the garbage. Many existing solutions focus largely on easy, portable, high dollar value items but what about older electronics and chords that do not have as many precious components? With our web app users can schedule a pickup for medium to small items for a competitive fee as well as information on where and how to recycle large items such as water heaters and televisions.
Advisor: Ryan Moore