Due in part to the sheer volume of waste produced, and restrictions placed on companies based on their ecological impact, much of the 300-400 million electronic items thrown away in the US get shipped to other countries with lower environmental standards for disposal. Large amounts of e-waste have been sent to countries such as China, India and Kenya, where lower working conditions make processing e-waste more profitable. Around 80 % of the e-waste in the U.S. is exported to Asia. BUT THIS NEED NOT BE THE CASE. There is a growing conscious effort to increase our recycling capacities here in the US to simultaneously grow the industry and benefit the customers who engage in the service. With the profit generated through recycling and repurposing, the rising tide can raise all boats, so to speak.