The Pulse of ITAD: U.N. Report: Global e-Scrap Recycling Rate Has Stagnated

Brooks Hoffman

A United Nations report estimates that 17.4% of e-scrap generated globally was recycled in 2019, well short of a goal of 30% by 2023. Published this month, the third edition of the Global E-Waste Monitor report estimates that 53.6 million metric tons of scrap electronics and electrical appliances were generated in 2019. That represents an increase of 21% over the past five years. In the report, “e-waste” is defined as material that’s discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of reuse. Globally, the weight officially documented as collected and recycled was 9.3 million metric tons in 2019, up 24% since 2014.

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