E-waste to increase 38% by 2030: Report

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News: The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 has been released.

Facts:

  • The report is a collaborative product of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership(GESP) formed by UN University(UNU), International Telecommunication Union(ITU) and International Solid Waste Association(ISWA) in close collaboration with the UN Environment Programme(UNEP).

Key Takeaways:

  • Global e-waste will increase by 38% in the decade between 2020 and 2030.
  • Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019 followed by the Americas and Europe.

Additional Facts:

  • E-Waste(Electronic-Waste): It is a term used to describe old, end-of-life or discarded electronic appliances.It includes computers, mobiles, consumer electronics among others.
  • United Nations University(UNU): It is the academic and research arm of the United Nations.Its mission is to help resolve global issues related to human development and welfare through collaborative research and education.It has a diplomatic status as a U.N. institution and is headquartered in Tokyo,Japan.
  • International Telecommunication Union(ITU): It is the United Nations specialized agency founded in 1865 for issues related to information and communication technologies(ICT).
  • International Solid Waste Association(ISWA): It is a non governmental, independent and non-profit association which aims to promote and develop professional waste management worldwide as a contribution to sustainable development.