The Pulse of ITAD – E-Scrap Generation to More Than Double by 2020

Brooks Hoffman

A United Nations-backed study predicts massive growth in global tonnages of end-of-life electronics, and it examines how the recycling sector can best prepare. United Nations University released a report last month outlining three scenarios for how the e-scrap sector could evolve in years to come. The report, which was authored by UNU’s Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative, points to some of the current pitfalls in e-scrap processing. These are identified as hurdles to overcome as the volume of e-scrap grows massively in the future. Discarded electronics are estimated to grow to an estimated 122 million short tons per year around the globe by 2050, the researchers say. That’s up from the current total of a little over 55 million short tons.

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