Electronics may not play a large role in every business but with onset of tablets, wearable technology, and other gadgets technology is here to stay because these gadgets simplify many work-related tasks.

Popular use of these items and other products has led to growth of e-waste, which stands for “electronic waste,” according to Sustainable Business. Previously, the United States was uniquely notorious for not recycling cell phones and computers, but now, the e-waste trail is sprouting up in developing nations as well.

“In just three years, the annual volume of e-waste will rise to 36.7 million tons in developing nations compared to “just” 28.6 million tons in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia combined,” the source explained. the source explained. “Stack it up and you’d reach the heights of nearly 200 Empire State Buildings.”

China specifically is expected to surpass the U.S. by throwing out 11.1 million tons of e-waste, but 10 million tons is still a large amount of wasted metal, plastic, copper and silver.

Companies that are looking to lessen their carbon footprint may want to look into local electronic drop-off centers. Doing this in advance will reduce production of raw materials that could be preserved for future generations. Even though it is not required by law to separate electronics from trash, taking the time to do so can make a huge difference.

One company that is ahead of the curve for e-wase recycling is Dell Inc., a computer manufacturer. Dell opened an e-waste recycling building in eastern Africa — more than 40 e-waste containers can found in nations like Kenya.

Similar to e-waste, manufacturing business furniture takes up a lot of energy and includes the use of plastic resins that take years to break down. Instead of purchasing expensive, brand new pieces for the office, businesses can do their part to reduce waste by purchasing lightly used, quality office furniture. Whether electronics or furniture, businesses can make a difference right now by thinking through their purchase and disposition of office equipment.