Eighty-two percent of the world’s e-waste was left to be dumped or burned rather than recycled in 2019.
The UN global e-waste report, published today, estimated that the precious metals contained in this waste was worth $57 billion in valuable metals like gold, silver, copper and platinum.
Globally generated e-waste is steadily increasing and has been since 2014. The UN predicts that it will reach 74 million metric tonnes (mt) by 2030.
White goods such as fridges and air conditioners release harmful gases when not disposed of responsibly.