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Recycling rate of e-waste in Norway 2008-2018

In Norway, the recycling rate of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) has seen an overall increase since 2008, and by 2015 reached a peak of 50 percent. However, rates have been in decline since, and dropped to 43.9 percent in 2018. 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 in Norway has seen a significant rise since the turn of the century. By 2017, volumes amounted to approximately 143,610 metric tons. However, Norwegians generate the highest volumes of e-waste per capita worldwide. 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 2018

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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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