Recently, the United Nation’s Global E-Waste Monitor report was released, and the results are more than shocking. The detailed report shows that the more affordable cell phones, televisions, computers, and other electronic devices become, the more comfortable the world’s population is to getting rid of them. Researchers involved in the data are hoping that the shocking figures are going to wake up consumers and have them see what a detrimental effect it’s having on the environment.
Electronic Waste gets deemed as discarded cell phones, computers, chargers, headphones, and other pieces of technology that are reusable, but end up in various landfills all over the world. Amidst the reported 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste, there is over 55 million dollars’ worth of precious metals and other usable materials. In a visual weight comparison, the report goes on to say that current technological waste weighs about as much as 4500 Eiffel Towers.
The study has also said that the e-waste is the most developmental problem of transitioning into a more digital world, and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. Small equipment, including microwaves, televisions, cell phones, vacuum cleaners, computers, and more, has made up for more than 1/3 of 2016’s electronic waste rise. Within the report, predictions show that the waste is going to continue and increase by 17%, which would make over 52 million metric tons by 2021.
Many electronic retailers such as corporate chains, and even smaller cell phone provider kiosks offer recycling services for cell phones that are no longer used, and donation is highly suggested as well. The numbers reported in the study are shocking and important, but significant damage has been done. Educating consumers on how to properly dispose of, or reuse, their electronics is what’s going to keep the numbers from rising to something out of control.