Apple just announced their new iPhones. Other cell phone makers will soon follow. With all of the phones, laptops, smart watches, fitness trackers, and headphones that we buy and use annually, it's no wonder the average American household throws out 176 pounds of e-waste each year.
According to National Geographic, there were 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste worldwide in 2016. While e-waste can be recycled, it usually isn't collected at the curb and has to be delivered to a specific location or collection event. That means consumers need to store e-waste until they can visit a collection facility. But will they wait to dispose of it?
Artist Benjamin Von Wong wants to inspire proper handling of e-waste with his art. Check out how he hopes to use his photo series to inspire proper handling of e-waste in the article below.
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After learning about
Dell's recycling program, he partnered with the company to turn 4,100 pounds of e-waste into massive sets he could photograph. His sets, crafted of recycled e-waste like keyboards, laptops, and cables, took 10 days and 50 volunteers to take shape.
During his conversations with Dell, Von Wong wondered,
"How do you convince people that recycling e-waste can be cool?" He found his answer by turning electronic waste into stunning photographs that capture not only the amount of e-waste but also the power of recycling.