Outlook on global volume of e-waste generated 2018-2050

In 2018, some 50 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) was produced worldwide. Under a worst-case scenario projection, it is estimated that e-waste may reach up to 120 million metric tons by 2050. E-waste can be any device with a plug, electric cord, or battery.

Projected electronic waste generation worldwide from 2018 to 2050

E-waste generation in million metric tons
201850
2021*52
2050*120
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Sources

Release date

January 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecast. Forecast for 2050 based on worst-case scenario.

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