If you’re someone who has old or broken electronics collecting dust in drawers at home, you’re not alone. In fact, in the UK for every 1 phone in use, 4 sit unused.
But it's just a phone… it's small, right?!
The UN estimated that in 2019 alone, over 22 million tonnes of small e-waste were produced worldwide. This is 40% of the 57 million tonnes of e-waste that is made around the world every year. If the amount of these small items keeps growing at the same rate as total e-waste (around 3% per year), it will reach 29 million tonnes by 2030.
Not so small after all.
This global issue is growing at a faster rate than any other waste stream and we need all hands on deck to fight it, especially this International E-Waste Day.
To help you start the conversation and get your friends, peers and family to think about their tech usage, here are 7 e-waste facts we bet you didn’t know:
1. E-waste is on course to double by 2050 to 120 million tonnes a year or 11,500 Eiffel Towers