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Global e-waste generation by type 2019

In 2019, temperature exchange equipment such as fridges and air-conditioning units amounted to 17.4 million metric tons of global e-waste. This was an increase of seven percent compared to the volume recorded in 2014.

Electronic waste is the world's fastest growing waste stream, and is becoming a global environmental issue. Often, e-waste is either landfilled or incinerated, causing health risks to humans as dangerous toxins are released.

Generation of electronic waste worldwide in 2019, by type (in million metric tons)*

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July 2020



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Supplementary notes

*Large equipment typically washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashing machines, electric stoves, large printing machines, copying equipment, and photovoltaic panels.
Small equipment typically includes vacuum cleaners, microwaves, ventilation equipment, toasters, electric kettles, electric shavers, scales, calculators, radio sets, video cameras, electrical and electronic toys, small electrical and electronic tools, small medical devices, small monitoring, and control instruments.
Temperature exchange equipment typically includes items such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and heat pumps.
Screens and monitors: typical equipment typically includes televisions, monitors, laptops, notebooks, and tablets.
Lamps: typical equipment includes fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, and LED lamps.
Small IT and Telecommunication equipment typical includes mobile phones, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, pocket calculators, routers, personal computers, printers, and telephones.

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