Second International E-Waste Day


Following its success in 2018, the second International E-Waste Day will be held on the 14th October 2019 to promote the correct disposal of electrical and electronic equipment throughout the world.

International E-Waste Day has been developed by the WEEE Forum, an international association of e-waste collection schemes, and its members. It is used to encourage users to consider repairing their appliances or correctly dispose of them with the resulting increase in re-use, recovery and recycling rates. Last year more than 50 organisations from over 40 different countries worldwide were involved and organised many different types of promotional activities, ranging from conferences and workshops, school and street collection campaigns to social media competitions and campaigns, and online guides and games.

 

According to the UN, only 20 % of global e-waste is recycled each year, which means that 40 million t of e-waste are either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way and this is despite 66 % of the world’s population being covered by e-waste legislation. This results in the huge loss of valuable and critical raw materials from the supply chain and causes serious health, environmental and societal issues through illegal shipments of waste to developing countries.

 

The WEEE Forum is inviting all the stakeholders interested in e-waste matters to participate in the 2019 edition of International E-Waste Day. More information on how to get involved can be found at: www.weee-forum.org/iewd-about/

 

From 2019, the minimum collection rate to be achieved annually will be 65 % of the average weight of appliances placed on the market in the three preceding years, or alternatively 85 % of WEEE generated. The new collection targets will ensure that around 10 million t, or roughly 20 kg per capita, will be separately collected. Such a high collection rate is impossible to reach without consumers’ action as currently only 35 % of e-waste is officially reported as collected and recycled and the lack of public awareness is preventing countries from developing circular economies for electronic equipment.

 

https://weee-forum.org/iewd-about/

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