"The amount of electronic waste produced by humans each year is rapidly
growing, totalling millions of tonnes of metals, plastics and precious mineral
resources which are rarely recycled, and usually incinerated or sent to
landfill, experts have warned.
This year alone, the worldwide “mountain” of waste electronic and electrical
equipment will amount to an estimated 57.4 million tonnes – greater than the
weight of the Great Wall of China, Earth’s heaviest artificial object.
The research has been released on International E-Waste Day 2021, with experts
and organisations calling on households, businesses and governments to support
efforts to repair, recycle and reuse unused electronic products.
The researchers said the vast amounts of electronic waste should be thought of
as a resource in themselves, with opportunities to “recover a king’s fortune in
valuable materials and reduce the need for new resources”.
Furthermore, each tonne of electronic waste that goes unrecycled has a carbon
footprint of two tonnes, the researchers said."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
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