The Pulse of ITAD: EU Parliament Votes to Pursue Standardized Charger

Brooks Hoffman

The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution late last month that calls for the “mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices.” They framed the move as a way to reduce e-scrap generation. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated globally per year, with an average of more than 6 kg per person. In Europe, total e-waste generated in 2016 was 12.3 million metric tons, equivalent to 16.6 kg on average per inhabitant. Short lifecycles for some devices also lead to more e-waste, notes the resolution.

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