Throughout the world, an estimated total of 57.4 million tons of electronic garbage only this to. This was reported by the Electronic and Electrical Equipment Waste Management Forum (WEEE Forum), on the eve of International Electronic Waste Day, which takes place tomorrow.
This means that, together, scrap outweigh the Great Wall of China, the heaviest man-made object on the planet. The production of electronic garbage It is a big problem and the situation has been getting worse and worse for years.
“The global generation of electronic garbage is growing annually by 2 million tons, or between 3 and 4%, a problem attributed to higher consumption rates for electronic products (increasing at a rate of 3% each year), shorter life cycles for those products, and limited repair options“, said the Forum in a statement released this week in anticipation of tomorrow’s activities.
According to his calculations, By 2030, the figure of 74 million tons of electronic waste generated in one year will be reached.. That is why the group of specialized organizations united under the umbrella of the WEEE Forum called on the population, companies and governments to join forces to reduce scrap.
Consumers want to do the right thing, but they need to be adequately informed and a suitable infrastructure should be readily available so that properly disposing of electronic waste becomes the norm., affirmed Magdalena Charytanowicz, in charge of the International Day of Electronic Waste.
Benefits for the environment
The Director General of the Forum, Pascal Leroy, emphasized civic commitment. “As long as citizens do not return their used or broken equipment, or sell it or donate it, we will have to keep extracting [del planeta] completely new materials, causing great environmental damage, indic.
In this sense, Leroy remarked that each ton of electronic waste avoids around two tons of carbon dioxide emissions. If we all do the right thing with our electronic garbage, we can help reduce harmful emissions, he concluded. Undoubtedly, it is one of the points that will be raised during the COP26 international climate summit, which will take place at the beginning of November in Scotland, United Kingdom.