In 2019, 53.6 million tonnes of E-waste was produced.
Throughout a single year, the world produced more tonnes of E-waste than the entire population of Kenya (53 million). This waste is an increase of almost 2 million tonnes from the previous year, the weight of 200 Eiffel towers.
Just 17.4% of the world's discarded electronics was recycled
The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report found that the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year — equivalent to the the weight of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2, or enough to form a line 125 kilometres long. That's an increase of 21 per cent in five years, the report said.
Just 17.4 per cent of it was recycled, meaning that an estimated $57 billion worth of gold, silver, copper, platinum and other high-value, recoverable materials used as components were mostly dumped or burned rather than being collected for treatment and reuse.
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