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the world’s fastest growing waste stream

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) has become an essential part of everyday life. Its availability and widespread use have enabled much of the global population to benefit from higher standards of living. However, the way in which we produce, consume, and dispose of e-waste is unsustainable.

doubling in 16 years

The global generation of e-waste grew by 9.2 Mt since 2014 and is projected to grow to 74.7 Mt by 2030 – almost doubling in only 16 years.

only 17,4% recycled

Even countries with a formal e-waste management system in place are confronted with the relatively low collection and recycling rates.

informal processing

Because of the slow adoption of collection and recycling, externalities – such as the consumption of resources, the emission of greenhouse gases, and the release of toxic substances during informal recycling procedures – illustrate the problem to remain within sustainable limits. Consequently, many countries are challenged by the considerable environmental and human health risks of inadequately managed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), widely known as e-waste.