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Global e-waste generation 2010-2019

Since 2010, the volume of e-waste generated globally has been steadily rising. By 2019, approximately 53.6 million metric tons was produced. This was an increase of 44.4 million metric tons in just five years. Of this, just 17.4 percent was documented to be collected and properly recycled.

Electronic waste worldwide – additional information

Technological advancements and growing consumer demand have defined the era in which electronics have become a prominent part of the waste stream. The global quantity of electronic waste in 2014 was mainly comprised of 12.8 million metric tons of small equipment, 11.8 million metric tons of large equipment and 7 million metric tons of temperature exchange equipment (including cooling and freezing equipment). The amount of e-waste is expected to grow to almost 50 million metric tons in total by 2018, with a growth rate of 4 to 5 percent year-to-year.

In 2014, most of the e-waste worldwide was generated in Asia – in the country that was predicted to experience the strongest growth in the electrical and electronics industry from 2014 through 2016 – with 16 million metric tons of e-waste produced. In comparison, the Americas and Europe both produced around 11.6 million metric tons. The highest per inhabitant e-waste quantity was, however, the highest in Europe, with 15.6 kilograms per person. This was closely followed by Oceania at 15.2 kilograms per person and the Americas at 12.2 kilograms per person.

Electronic waste generated worldwide from 2010 to 2019 (in million metric tons)*

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Release date

July 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures prior to 2014 are from previous reports

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