The life span of electronics is getting shorter — computers maybe three years, cell phones only 18 months.
And if your new computer breaks, it's often cheaper just to toss it and buy another.
Add up those outmoded and broken electronics — including televisions, MP3 players, GPSs, BlackBerrys and video games — and they become the fastest-growing stream of waste on Earth, officials say.
It's called e-waste, and it's creating a toxic-waste soup.
Thousands of pounds of e-waste have been dumped in fields and ditches in Missouri and Kansas. A lot of e-waste has been shipped overseas to developing countries such as Nigeria, where it is dumped in pits and pollutes nearby villages.
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