We are facing an increasing mountain of e-waste both nationally and globally. The presentation will reveal the size and value of that mountain and strategies that are needed to deal with it

SPEAKER Bob Crooks MBE, Chair of the BCS GreenIT SG

17.30 Refreshment
18.00 Presentation
19.30 estimated end

a) We generate around 40 million tons of electronic waste every year, worldwide. That’s like throwing away 800 laptops every minute.
b) An average cellphone user replaces their unit once every 18 months.
c) E-waste comprises 70% of our overall toxic waste.
d) Only 12.5% of E-Waste is recycled.
e) 85% of our E-Waste are sent to landfills and incinerators are mostly burned, and release harmful toxins.
f) The most common hazardous electronic items include LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma Televisions, TVs and computers with Cathode Ray Tubes.
g) E-waste contains hundreds of substances, of which many are toxic. This includes mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, chromium, and flame retardants.
h) For examplelead can damage our central nervous system and kidneys and affect a child’s mental development
i) 80% of E-Waste in the US and from most other countries is transported to Asia.
j) 300 million computers and 1 billion cellphones go into production annually. It is expected to grow by 8% per year. To which must be added the millions of IoT sensing devices now being produced annually.

Since leaving York university in 1975 with a degree in Physics and Philosophy, Bob has worked in Defra and its predecessor organisation MAFF, across all aspects of IT systems from programming, analysis and design as well as project management and IT strategies.
Bob gained his Masters in Information Systems with distinction at the London School of Economics in 1983.Before retiring from Defra in March 2018 he was the UK Government lead for its Sustainable ICT programme under which he set uptheHMG CTO Council's Green IT Development Unit. Bob is currently the BCS GreenIT SG Chair and has contributed to work by the BCS Ethics Forum's Carbon Footprint Working Group as well as the proposed ISEB Green IT Qualifications.

In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for setting up and running a Charity supporting the homeless in Guildford for over 30 years, where he also runs Furniture Link a local recycling charity.


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E-Waste not Want not - Green IT
Date and time
Tuesday 30 April, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Solent University
The Pod
East Park Terrace
SO14 0RD
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