Short for electronic waste, e-waste is a term used to describe the refuse generated by electronic equipment such as monitors, computers, and mobile devices. E-waste encompasses the materials used to manufacture electronic devices as well.
In 2005, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive introduced a symbol that had a wheelie bin or trash can marked out by a X with a bold underline. This symbol indicates the product should not be thrown away, but instead sent back to the manufacturer for disposal. The directive is an European community directive was first created in 2002 as a way to help deal with the environmental impacts of electronic waste.