Your computer, cell phone, and anything else with a plug or battery will eventually become electronic waste. Each year, we throw away 47 million metric tonnes of toxic garbage globally. That’s the same weight as the Pyramid of Giza, 10 Titanics, 50 Empire State Buildings and 50 Burj Khalifas combined, every single year.
E-waste is one of the largest and most problematic waste streams in the world today. The StEP Initiative is a collaborative, global effort to dramatically reduce e-waste through policy change, product re-design, re-use, recycling and capacity building.
The StEP Initiative seeks to:
Led by United Nations University-hosted SCYCLE (“Sustainable Cycles”) programme, the StEP Initiative has more than 60 members from all sectors, including UN Environment, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Japan Ministry of Environment, Cisco, Dell, HP, Ericsson, Microsoft, Philips, Umicore, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).