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E-waste problem only getting worse

Despite there being all kinds of rare and valuable materials in our electronics, the world is getting even worse at recycling them.

According to UN-backed Global E-waste Monitor 2017, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste is being created annually, with just 20% of that being recycled through appropriate channels. The report predicts that by 2021, global e-waste will reach 52.2 million metric tonnes per year. Asia accounted for the greatest amount of waste, Africa the least, and Europe is the best at recycling. 2016’s wasted materials are estimated to have been worth €55 billion.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect. Writes about all manner of tech from driverless cars, AI, and Green IT to Cloudy stuff, security, and IoT. Dislikes autoplay ads/videos and garbage written about 'milliennials'.  

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