US, China top dumping of electronic waste, says UN

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  • 2015•04•19     Khaleej Times

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    Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “e-waste” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling, the United Nations University (UNU) said.

    “Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’, a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials,” said David Malone, the UN under-secretary-general and rector of UNU. The report estimated that the discarded materials, including gold, silver, iron and copper, was worth some $52 billion. The US led e-waste dumping with 7.1 million tonnes in 2014, ahead of China on 6.0 million and followed by Japan, Germany and India, it said.