Worldwide electrical waste set to reach 65.4 million tons by 2017

E-waste in 2017 could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end-to-end on a highway straddling three quarters of the Equator
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The volume of worldwide electronic waste is expected to jump one-third by 2017.

All of that year’s end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end-to-end on a highway straddling three quarters of the Equator, according to the new report from the Step Initiative.

“With the report from StEP claiming the UK alone creates 1.4 million tons of e-waste, of which nearly 40 per cent goes to landfill and less than 10 per cent is reused, it is clear that more must be done to educate organisations and consumers to the services available,” commented Martin Ruston, group compliance manager at Stone Group.

Recycling can be a surprisingly competitive sector, for more information about the ins and outs of the industry check out our handy Computer Recycling feature.

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