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Tuesday, 17th December 2013

Domestic and Transboundary Flows Quantitative Characterization of Used Electronics: Analysis of Generation, Collection, and Export in the United States

Source: StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem)

From Press Release:

By 2017, all of that year’s end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end-to-end on a highway straddling three quarters of the Equator. That startling forecast, based on data compiled by “Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative” — a partnership of UN organizations, industry, governments, non-government and science organizations— represents a global jump of 33% in just five years.

While most of these used e-products are destined for disposal, gradually improving efforts in some regions are diverting some of it to recycling and reuse. The escalating global e-waste problem is graphically portrayed in a first-of-its-kind StEP E-Waste World Map...
The map was launched coincident with a complementary new StEP report characterizing US domestic and transboundary flows of used electronics no longer residing in households.

The interactive map resource, presenting comparable annual data from 184 countries, shows the estimated amount of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE — anything with a battery or a cord) put on the market and how much resulting e-waste is eventually generated (i.e. comes out of use or post-use storage destined for collection by a recycling company or disposal)....The map shows, for example, that almost 48.9 million metric tons of used electrical and electronic products was produced last year — an average of 7 kg for each of the world's 7 billion people. And the flood of e-waste is growing. Based on current trends, StEP experts predict that, by 2017, the total annual volume will be 33 per cent higher at 65.4 million tons, the weight equivalent of almost 200 Empire State Buildings or 11 Great Pyramids of Giza.

+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 2 MB)

+ Press Release

+ StEP E-waste WorldMap


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