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World’s E-Waste Heavier than China’s Great Wall

A mountain of discarded e-waste stands at a Recupel collection point in Belgium. Recupel organizes the collection and processing of discarded electro-appliances in Belgium and says, "There are 50 times more valuable metals and minerals in e-waste than in the ores extracted from mines." (Photo courtesy Recupel) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 14, 2021 – Today, on International E-Waste Day 2021, waste management experts are asking households, businesses, and governments to get more dead or unused electronic devices to facilities where they can be repaired or recycled to recover precious metals and reduce the need to mine new resources.

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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

ZhaoHoulin

Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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GPS Trackers Uncover EU’s Illegal E-Waste Exports

WEEEThailand

The global environmental watchdog organization Basel Action Network, based in Seattle, today released the findings of a two-year study in 10 EU countries that followed 314 old computers, printers, and monitors in which GPS Trackers had been secretly installed.

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Grappling With an Avalanche of Waste

PlasticBottles

Due to the growing volume of plastic waste now being produced and the plastic waste import ban imposed by China on December 31, 2017, plastic wastes, primarily from Europe, Japan, and North America, are now adrift on the global market.

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EU Maps Rich Resources for Urban Waste Mining

ScrapCars

Gold, platinum, aluminum and copper are just a few of the valuable materials lying hidden in vast piles of waste batteries, electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), scrap vehicles and mining wastes across the European Union.

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