India 5th biggest generator of e-waste in 2014: Report

India 5th biggest generator of e-waste in 2014. India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014, a UN report has said warning that the volume of global e-waste islikely to rise sharply by 21 per cent in next three years.

India
is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7
million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014, a UN
report has said warning that the volume of global e-waste is likely to
rise sharply by 21 per cent in next three years.The ‘Global
E-Waste Monitor 2014’, compiled by UN’s think tank United Nations
University (UNU), said at 32 per cent, the US and China produced the
most e-waste overall in 2014.

The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a UN study said on Sunday.

Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “e-waste” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling, the United Nations University (UNU) said.

21% increase in e-waste  is expected in upcoming 3 years. The biggest per-capita tallies were in countries known for green
awareness, such as Norway and Denmark, with Britain fifth and US ninth on the UN report’s list

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