Excerpt from a BBC News article:
Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014, suggests a report. Written by researchers from UN University it details how much e-waste different regions discard.
Far more should be done to capture e-waste and “mine” the valuable resources used to make such equipment, said UN under-secretary-general David Malone, Rector of the UN University.
“Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’ – a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials,” he said.