Global open source e-waste portal launched

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50m tonnes of e-waste id discarded per year

A new open source portal detailing global e-waste data and statistics has been launched by

The site, launched by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, lists e-waste by region and country to help policy makers, industry, academia and the general public to track progress towards recycling rates and legislation.

It details the total amount generated and discarded before collection reuse, treatment or export, the e-waste formally collected and specific legislation.

According to The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, 50m tonnes of e-waste is discarded per year, with only 20% properly recycled.

The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership was founded in 2017 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations University and International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

David Malone, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, said: “We need to develop innovative e-waste policies, establish and monitor waste-reduction targets, and forge new multi-stakeholder partnerships for action including with the private sector.

“We hope the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership and the new interactive online platform will support these needed next steps.”

Discarded equipment such as phones, laptops, refrigerators, sensors and TVs contain environmental and health risks if not properly treated.

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