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Recycling of E-waste Remains Dismal While E-waste Generation Continues to Grow

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According to a report released by the United Nations Global E-waste Monitor, a new record high amount of e-waste was generated in 2022.

That is the last year formal records are available for as of 2024. Worldwide, people generated over 68 million tons of e-waste in 2022. The amount of e-waste is going up by about 2.54 million tons annually.

From 2010 to 2022, the amount of e-waste generated has almost doubled annually. Experts believe that the amount will increase to 180 billion tons by 2030.

Multiple factors, including technological progress, increased consumption, limited repair options, short lifecycles and inadequate e-waste management infrastructure, cause this sharp increase.

What is E-Waste?

E-waste is electronic waste. Many categories of products fall under e-waste. The largest category of e-waste is small equipment, such as video cameras, toys, microwave ovens and e-cigarettes.

This category creates almost 33% of the e-waste generated annually. This waste category has risen exceptionally quickly because of the increased use of e-cigarettes.

They account for more than 92 million pounds of e-waste annually.

The second largest category is large equipment. People worldwide generate over 16 billion tons of e-waste annually.

This category includes equipment like washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, and televisions found in many homes.

It also includes equipment used in industrial facilities. This category does not include photovoltaic equipment.


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