The volume of electronics to be handled by North American recycling processors is expected to decline, according to numerous observers.
As noted in recent issues of this newsletter, information technology sales are slowing down as businesses and consumers keep their wallets shut. Electronics producers expect fourth quarter sales to be lower than a year ago, with many IT users choosing to set aside purchasing needs and extend the life of existing computers, servers and other products.
At the same time, new IT products are getting smaller. For instance, a combination of market research studies suggests that domestic desktop computer sales will rise only one percent this year, to about 159 million units, while sales of laptop computers will grow nearly 31 percent, to about 135 million.
Source: E-Scrap News: "Available e-scrap weights to drop". Nov. 26, 2008