Experts of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) warn about the growth of e-waste, which pose a serious danger to the environment and human health. At the same time, with the proper processing of e-junk, you can get economic benefits. profit. A new portal has appeared on the ITU website; information on electronic waste can be found by region and country, including per capita.
Every year around the world about 50 million tons of computers, laptops, set-top boxes, mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators and other consumer electronics are thrown away. Only 20 percent of e-waste is officially processed in a safe for human environment. The rest of the technique is thrown into landfills.
At the same time, e-waste contains substances that pose a great danger to the environment and human health, especially when carelessly handling them. Meanwhile, proper recycling of e-waste can generate revenue of $ 62.5 billion per year. Experts warn that by 2050 the volume of electronic waste can grow almost three times - up to 120 million tons.
According to experts, in order to solve a problem, you need to know its scope. “Reliable and official data and statistics on e-waste are a good basis for developing legislation on e-waste and managing it at the national level,” says ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. The new portal visually displays data and statistics on e-waste worldwide. The portal has emerged as part of the Global Partnership for E-waste Statistics, co-founded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Currently, information on electronic waste is provided by about 40 countries of the world.