By 2017, all of that year's end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end to end on a highway straddling three quarters of the Equator.
The forecast, based on data compiled by the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, represents a global jump of 33% in just five years. While most of these used e-products are destined for disposal, gradually improving efforts in some regions are diverting some of it to recycling and reuse.
The escalating global e-waste problem is graphically portrayed in a first-of-its-kind StEP E-Waste World Map available online. The interactive map resource, presenting comparable annual data from 184 countries, shows the estimated amount of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE -- anything with a battery or a cord) put on the market and how much resulting e-waste is eventually generated (i.e., comes out of use or post-use storage destined for collection by a recycling company or disposal).
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