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GLOBAL E-WASTE IS ON INCREASE: UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY (UNU) REPORT

Published: 6th Jul, 2020

Global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — will increase by 38 per cent in the decade between 2020 and 2030, according to a new United Nations University (UNU) report.

  • Global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — will increase by 38 per cent in the decade between 2020 and 2030, according to a new United Nations University (UNU) report.
  • There was 53.6 million tonnes (MT) e-waste in 2019. That is a nearly 21 per cent increase in just five years.
    • Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019 — some 24.9 MT, followed by the Americas (13.1 MT) and Europe (12 MT).
    • Africa and Oceania generated 2.9 MT and 0.7 MT respectively.
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