Business / Economy - 2019-06-17 23:00:59
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has said electronic or e-waste presents an opportunity valued at over $62.5 billion per year if treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods. It also has a potential to create millions of decent new jobs globally.
The global telecoms body, through the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, has, therefore, launched a major campaign to address the menace of global electronic or e-waste threat.
ITU, which is a founding member of Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, launched globalewaste.org, an open source portal that visualises e-waste data and statistics globally, by region and by country, for policy-makers, industry, academia and the public.
Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors and TVs, are referred to as e-waste. E-waste contains substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately.
On globalewaste.org, users can now access e-waste data from Global and Regional E-waste Monitors for most countries on earth. Data include the amount of e-waste generated in total and per capita and discarded prior to any collection, reuse, treatment, or export; the amount of e-waste formally collected in total and per capita and regulated by environmental protectio...