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India 5th Biggest Generator of e-Waste in 2014
Apr 25, 2015

The Global E-Waste Monitor 2014, compiled by UN think tank United Nations University (UNU), said the US and China at 32 percent produced the most e-waste overall in 2014. India came in fifth, behind the US, China, Japan and Germany.

  • India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014.

  • Most e-waste in the world in 2014 was generated in Asia at 16 Mt or 3.7 kg per inhabitant.

  • The top three Asian nations with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are China (6.0 Mt), Japan (2.2 Mt) and India (1.7 Mt).

  • The top per capita producers by far are the wealthy nations of northern and western Europe, the top five being Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, and the UK.

  • The lowest amount of e-waste per inhabitant was generated in Africa (1.7 kg/inhabitant). The continent generated 1.9 Mt of e-waste in total.

  • In 2014, people worldwide discarded all but a small fraction of an estimated 41.8 Mt of electrical and electronic equipment—mostly end-of-life kitchen, laundry and bathroom equipment like microwave ovens, washing machines and dishwashers.

  • The volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21 percent to 50 Mt in 2018.

 


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