UN agencies have begun working together in a bid to track and help deal with the soaring amount of eWaste worldwide.

Whilst technology has improved at such a great speed, with access to and use of electrical equipment skyrocketing, a product’s life cycle has become shorter and many designs do not support repair or reuse.

As a result, the amount of eWaste is growing rapidly.

Undocumented

What is most worrying is that most eWaste has not been properly documented or treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods.

According to the UN Environment Programme, up to 50 million tonnes of eWaste is expected to be disposed of in 2017; a 20 percent increase from 2015!

Global eWaste Statistics Partnership

Due to the fact that responsible disposal of eWaste remains a challenge in many countries, the International Telecommunication Union (ITS), UN University, and the International Solid Waste Association have formed the Global eWaste Statistics Partnership to improve and collect worldwide eWaste statistics.

“We are pleased to be part of this partnership and to lend our expertise and our long-standing experience in data collection to assist countries to track and measure their e-waste so that responsible e-waste management can be implemented,” said ITS Secretary-General Hour Zhao.

The hope is that with better eWaste data, the generation and illegal dumping of eWaste will be minimised whilst also promoting recycling, and creating jobs in reuse, refurbishment and recycling sectors.

If all goes to plan, these will all contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you would like to chat to someone at Tier 1 about responsibly disposing of your end of life IT, then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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