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Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment and human health, says UN

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The United Nations has warned that the growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health. The “Global E-Waste Monitor 2017”, released by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), highlights increasing levels of e-waste and its improper and unsafe treatment and disposal through burning or at dumpsites. In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste were generated, an increase of 3.3 million metric tonnes, or 8 per cent, from 2014. Also, in 2016, only about 20 per cent, or 8.9 million metric tonnes, of all e-waste was recycled. Experts foresee e-waste increasing a further 17 per cent to 52.2 million metric tonnes by 2021… (UN, December 13, 2017).

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