Surge in global e-waste, up 21 % in 5 years, according to Global E-Waste Monitor 2020


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The third edition of The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020, launched by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), provides comprehensive insight to address the global e-waste challenge. A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug such as computers and mobile phones – is reported generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in five years.

The new report also predicts global e-waste will reach 74 Mt by 2030, almost double the 2014 figure, fuelled by higher electric and electronic (EEE) consumption rates, shorter lifecycles and limited repair options.

According to the report, Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019 (24.9 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

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