"In 1998, the National Safety Council Study estimated about 20 million computers became obsolete in one year. Fast forward to 2007, that number has more than doubled," says USEPA, attempting to explain the situation.
This is a disaster! Remember, these products contain some pretty serious chemicals, chemicals that when not handled properly can cause serious harm. Take mercury for instance. It is potentially deadly but used in a number of electronic items, like a reed switch for example.