: waste consisting of discarded electronic products (such as computers, televisions, and cell phones)

Examples of e-waste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Responsibly retire inefficient hardware to optimize data center performance and energy consumption, while reducing e-waste and keeping recycled materials in use longer. Jeff Boudreau, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Another is to avoid dumping e-waste on countries without the means to recycle or repurpose, and instead keep the valuable minerals inside batteries local. WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 Climate experts also suggest the environmental effects of e-waste are being downplayed, and question the quality of the credits themselves. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2023 Ditching the batteries in small devices could also reduce lithium demand and problematic e-waste. Simon Hill, WIRED, 14 Oct. 2023 Some of what most consumers consider to be e-waste—like electronics such as computers, smartphones, TVs, and speaker systems—are usual suspects. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 That cuts down e-waste and potentially even the need to mine for as much raw material. Justine Calma, The Verge, 11 Oct. 2023 There will be a knife sharpener and e-waste recycling. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Furthermore, e-waste recycling promotes resource conservation. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of e-waste was in 1999

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“E-waste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/e-waste. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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