Recyclers recover more than 100 million pounds of reusable materials from electronics each year. Recycling electronics helps reduce pollution that would be generated while manufacturing a new product and the need to extract valuable and limited virgin resources. It also reduces the energy used in new product manufacturing. If you combine consumer and non-consumer computer equipment (commercial, industrial and government sectors), industry experts estimate that more than 2 billion will become obsolete over the next five years.
More information can be found on Electronics Recycling at ban.org