Did You Know

According to the United Nations, the world generated 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) in 2019, and this number is expected to increase by 21% by 2030.E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world.Only 17.4% of global e-waste was recycled in 2019, leaving the majority to be disposed of in landfills or incinerated, which can release toxic chemicals into the environment.Electronic devices contain hazardous substances like lead, mercury, cadmium,

and brominated flame retardants, which pose health risks to humans and the environment if not handled properly.Recycling electronics helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that recycling one million laptops saves the equivalent of electricity used by over 3,500 homes for a year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 6,000 metric tons.

Some countries have implemented legislation to regulate e-waste management. For example, the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive requires member states to collect and recycle a percentage of electronic waste based on the weight of new products sold.Proper disposal and recycling of e-waste can help recover valuable materials, reduce the need for mining, conserve resources, and minimize environmental pollution. It is important for individuals and businesses to responsibly recycle their electronic devices to minimize the impact on the planet.