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The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 reveals that, in addition to the continuation of disposal discrepancies, net global e-waste continued to climb by 8% in the last two years. Following the holiday season, the report’s findings serve as a reminder of the pressing and relatively unaddressed problem that e-waste currently poses.

Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, and TVs contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. Most e-waste is not properly documented and not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods. At the same time e-waste streams challenge the efforts towards a circular economy as valuable and scarce resources are wasted.

To put the numbers into context, researchers estimate that in 2016 44.7m metric tonnes of e-waste was generated. This is the equivalent of almost 4,500 Eiffel Towers. But if that is not staggering enough, to emphasis the ‘mountain’ of a problem we currently face: this 44.7m metric tonnes of waste has been estimated to be equal in weight to approximately nine Great Pyramids of Giza!

You can find the report here. Alternatively, a detailed summary of its findings can be read here.

*More about e-waste can be found in the ethical tech section of The Good Shopping Guide.

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