An Introduction to the Global Report on E-Waste
The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 is a collaborative output from the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), formed by UN University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). These organisatons also worked closely with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
In 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) also made substantial contribution to Global E-waste Monitor Report.
You can visit www.globalewaste.org to learn more or click the picture below to download the report.
Some Report Highlights
The report says “A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in just 5 years”. Its also reported that Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019 — some 24.9 million metric tonnes (Mt), followed by the Americas (13.1 Mt) and Europe (12 Mt), while Africa and Oceania generated 2.9 Mt and 0.7 Mt respectively.
E-waste contains several toxic additives / hazardous substances, such as mercury, brominated flame retardants (BFR), and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
The increasing levels of e-waste, low collection rates, and non-environmentally sound disposal and treatment of this waste stream
pose significant risks to the environment and to human health. Have a read of the report and please do you very best to recycle your old and unused electrical and electronic waste safely. If your unsure about which items can be recycled you will find a waste list of electric and electronic equipment here.
If you have any questions about rcycling electrical or electronic waste please call Recycle IT on 01 4578321 or visit www.recycleit.ie