It is estimated that only 20% of global e-waste is recycled each year – which means that 40 million tons of e-waste are either placed in landfills, burned, or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way. This results in the huge loss of valuable and critical raw materials from the supply chain and causes serious health, environmental and societal issues through illegal shipments of e-waste to developing countries. In order to combat this trend and raise public awareness of the issue, a multinational alliance of e-scrap stewardship groups has set the first International E-Waste Day for Saturday, Oct. 13. Brussels-based Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum (WEEE Forum) announced that it developed the event with support from 25 nonprofit e-scrap groups from 19 countries. WEEE Forum is an association that represents 36 e-scrap producer responsibility groups from around the world.