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E-waste makes it into the dictionary

recyclingThe Merriam-Webster has revealed 150 new words that will be added to its collegiate dictionary this year. Among them are silly fad words like; selfie, hashtag and baby bump. But the one new word on the list that caught our eye here at CompuCycle was e-waste.

"So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods," says Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski, in a press release.

The selection of these terms seem to indicate that Merriam-Webster is speaking to the younger, tech-savvy generation. With e-waste finally being recognized as a collegiate term goes to show the growing awareness of the electronic recycling industry.

Merriam-Webster definition: e-waste (n., 2004): waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)

Did you know that 82% of discarded electronics are thrown away each year, resulting in 384,000,000 electronic products in landfills?

Worldwide awareness of the e-waste issue is necessary to cut down the 20 – 50 million metric tons of e-waste disposed of worldwide because just by recycling one million laptops, the energy saved is equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in one year.

If you recycle your e-waste with CompuCycle you will have the peace of mind that everything is recycled in a safe, secure and responsible way!

To see the full list of new words with their definitions visit, http://time.com/103503/merriam-webster-dictionary-selfie-catfish/


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