Yet the story we get from environmental groups is that e-waste is the fastest growing material pollution and only donations to lawyer-run groups can stop it.It's not true, as a recent paper shows . Lobbyists got their allies in government involved and instead of private sector recycling we got shockingly inefficient government recycling. \"The e-waste recycling system is somewhat backwards-looking,\" says Professor Callie Babbitt of Rochester Institute of Technology, co-author of a new paper showing that electronic waste has been declining since 2015, but government thinking in terms of mass is all wrong. Because if mass is the goal, government will miss its own targets and face lawsuits from sue-and-settle environmental groups like Natural Resources Defense Council despite modern waste not being toxic. Their material flow analysis involved taking apart dozens of digital devices to determine the amount of rare earth elements.