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The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017

Quantities, Flows, and Resources

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This report shows that the amounts of ewaste continue to grow, while too little is recycled. By 2016, the world generated 44.7 million metric tonnes (Mt) of ewaste and only 20% was recycled through appropriate channels. Although 66% of the world’s population is covered by ewaste legislation, more efforts must be made to enforce, implement, and encourage more countries to develop ewaste policies. The report also highlights the lack of reliable ewaste data at the country level. Often,merely anecdotal evidence is available on the production, management, and recycling of ewaste, and only 41 countries in the world collect international statistics on ewaste.

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Executive Summary

Increasing levels of electronic waste, and its improper and unsafe treatment and disposal through open burning or in dumpsites, pose significant risks to the environment and human health. They also present several challenges to sustainable development, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A better understanding and better data on e-waste will contribute towards the achievement of several goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, it will help address the SDGs related to environmental protection (Goals 6, 11, 12, and 14) and health (Goal 3). It will also address Goal 8 that focuses on employment and economic growth, since the sound management of e-waste can create new areas of employment and drive entrepreneurship.

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