Volume of electronic waste set to rise by a third
The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership created to tackle e-waste.
The forecast was made as the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative launched an interactive, online world map depicting the amount of electronic waste produced in different countries across the globe and a report showing the amount of e-waste shipped from the United States to developing countries.
On average, each person on the planet produced seven kilograms of e-waste in 2012, that is 48.9 million tons in total, and StEP estimates that this will rise to 65.4 million tons in 2017.
A lot of this potentially hazardous waste ends up in developing countries, where governments still do not pay enough attention to the rising problem, which also offers business opportunities, according to Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of StEP.
Published date, Jan 9, 2014