The problem with e-waste is that it contains toxic chemicals, which, if dumped in landfills
, leach into the soil. In 2018, there were over 50 million tons of
e- waste generated, while only about 12.5 % was recycled. A typical computer monitor or older television picture tube contains an average of four pounds of lead. Electronics can also contain mercury, chromium, brominated flame retardants and other toxic substances.