Global amount of e-waste generated up two million metric tonnes in 2019

Worryingly, researchers expect the global generation of electronic waste to grow to 74.7Mt by 2030

The Big Zero report

The global amount of electronic waste generated increased by two million metric tonnes (Mt) in 2019.

This figure comes from the latest UN-backed annual report about global volumes of e-waste, which suggests in 2019, the world generated a shocking 53.6Mt of e-waste, an average of 7.3kg per person.

Asia generated the highest quantity of waste in 2019 at 24.9Mt, followed by the US with 13.1Mt and Europe 12Mt, while Africa and Oceania generated 2.9Mt and 0.7Mt, respectively.

Europe ranked highest worldwide in terms of e-waste generation per person, creating 16.2kg for each citizen. Oceania was second with 16.1kg, followed by the US with 13.3kg.

The report also suggests the official collection and recycling of electronic waste was 9.3Mt, only 17.4% of the total amount of waste generated.

Worryingly, researchers expect the global generation of electronic waste to grow to 74.7Mt by 2030.

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