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You probably have some old flip phones and iPods lying around, but few people know how to properly get rid of them here's the right way to recycle your e-waste.
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Only 1 out of every 6 discarded electronics are getting recycled, partly because many people just dont know where or how to properly discard their old electronics. From old phones and computers to TVs and stereo equipment, recycling centers like the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn collect all kinds of old, damaged, and unused electronics that then get sorted and recycled.

When old electronics are properly recycled, they can be broken down into these three categories:
1. Newer working items that can be refurbished & resold.
2. Unique antiques that are stored at prop warehouses and rented out for TV and movie productions.
3. Outdated items that get shredded for their parts.

Recycling electronics is a costly and laborious business, and our e-waste problem only appears to be getting worse. Globally, we produce 45 million tons of electronic waste every year, and that number is expected to increase annually by 3-4% as more countries modernize.

Follow your host Lucy Biggers as she finds out what happens to our recycled electronics in this episode of One Small Step.

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