In a little town in Scotland, a church and local community building are being built using waste. By now, four tons of old beer cans, a dozen transportation containers, three hundred industrial pallets, and about five hundred automobile tires have been used for the construction of these buildings. Future plans include theatre, cafe, art gallery and commercial building – which will, of course, be made of waste.
The leading continent in annual production of electronic waste is North America, with over 20 million tons, followed by Europe and Asia with 14 million tons each, and other continents that are on the level of about 5 million tons.
It is a practice in Europe to have one collection centre for every 30 thousand people.
In the late 1990's, the quantity of electronic waste increased to 6 million tons, i.e. 4% of the total European waste. It is estimated that the increase in the quantity of electronic waste in Europe will be at the rate of 5% per annum. By comparison, increase in the quantity of electronic waste is today three times higher than increase in communal waste.
Most people are buying a new phone every two years and more than 90% of materials that a mobile phone is made of are recyclable (not including the battery).