Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN
Source: The Guardian, Date: May , 2015
Up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly $19bn
(£12bn), is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the UN
Environment Programme (Unep). Computers and smart phones are among the ditched
items contributing to this 41m tonne e-waste mountain, which could top 50m
tonnes by 2017, Unep says in a new report launched today in Geneva. It follows
last month’s UN University report, which outlined how 42m tonnes of electronic
waste were thrown out in 2014 at a cost of $52bn to the global economy.
Exporting hazardous waste from EU and Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) Member States to non-OECD countries is banned.