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According to a UN report, five times as much electronic waste is produced than we are able to recycle

According to their forecast, we will produce 82 million tons of e-waste by the end of the decade.

We are experiencing the renaissance of electronic devices since the patent of Edison’s epoch-making invention. In this context, we produce a lot of waste worldwide. According to a recently published UN report, this amount is roughly five times the amount that we can recycle with the help of our current capacities.

The 2024 Global E-Waste Monitoring Report, prepared by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), warns that the amount of e-waste generated will increase by 2.6 million tonnes annually. E-waste is any discarded device with a plug or battery, such as phones, televisions and laptops.

According to the document, 62 million tons of e-waste will be generated in 2022. This is also an amazing amount, but unfortunately the available data show a worsening trend every year. According to forecasts, the amount of e-waste generated annually may reach 82 million tons by 2030.

What is perhaps even more alarming is that we were able to recycle only 13.8 million tons of the 62 million tons of electronic waste generated in 2022. This is only 22.3 percent of the total, which could really become a serious problem in waste management within a few years.

According to experts, this ratio may deteriorate even further due to technological development, shorter life cycles, limited repairability and deficiencies in waste management infrastructures. However, there may be differences in the above data worldwide.

Europe produces the most, 17.6 kg per person, while America produces 14.1 kg. At the same time, the official collection and recycling rate in Europe is 42.8 percent, while in Oceania it is 41.4 percent, in America 30 percent, in Asia 11.8 percent and in Africa only 0.7 percent.

This amazing amount of e-waste does not only affect the environment, however. The annual net cost of related activities is $37 billion, according to the report. If there is no improvement in its management and efficiency-based transformation of the affected areas, this figure is expected to reach 40 billion dollars by 2030.

Tech giants such as Apple and Samsung have recently – yielding to many years of pressure – more supportive of the right to repair. However, this is only the first step on a long and bumpy road.

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