Recycling rate of e-waste in Norway 2008-2016

In Norway, the recycling rate of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) has seen an overall increase since 2008, and by 2016 reached 49.3 percent. However, this was a slight decrease from the previous year when rates peaked at more than 50 percent for the first time. Electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste, is electronic products such as phones, computers and televisions that are discarded at the end of their useful life.

High rates of discarded electronics

  The volume of collected e-waste has seen a significant rise in Norway since the turn of the century. By 2017, volumes amounted to approximately 143,610 metric tons. Approximately 85 percent of WEEE collected was recovered, with almost eight percent used for energy. However, Norwegians generate the highest volumes of e-waste per inhabitant in the world. In 2016, 27.1 kilograms of e-waste was disposed of per person. This is a slight decrease though compared to 2009, when e-waste peaked at 32 kilograms per inhabitant.

E-waste a growing problem

E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams around the world. Rapid development of new technology and shorter product lifespans means more waste is produced each day. As more and more e-waste is disposed of, more health concerns arise. This can be especially prevalent in developing countries, where vast quantities of e-waste are exported to. With a lack of proper waste management, electronics are often burnt, resulting in the likely contamination of soil, water and food.

Recycling rate of electrical and electronic waste in Norway from 2008 to 2016

Recycling rate of e-waste
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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period

2008 to 2016

Supplementary notes

According to the source, The indicator presents the effective recycling rate of e-waste which is the collection rate multiplied by the efficiency of treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

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