In 2019, the last year for which there is reliable data, 53.9 million tons of eWaste was created globally. That's an enormous amount, equivalent in weight to 4,500 Eiffel Tower's.
eWaste increased 21% from 2014 to 2019, and is project to increase another 17% to 2024 due to rising global incomes, population growth, and urbanisation.
It will, of course, come as no surprise that corporates and higher-income individuals are the main culprits of eWaste from computers, smartphones, and other small equipment. Europe and Oceana, for example, generate roughly 7 times the eWaste that Africa does on a per capita basis.
Extending the life of electronic devices is an easy way to reduce the amount of eWaste. It is particularly easy because in most instances, we dispose of devices not because they have reached end-of-life, but because we fancy the latest model.
Give it a bash. Hang onto your device for a little longer. It'll make the World of difference. And if you can't... Use our asset disposition or trade in services. We'll help you to get value from the devices you no longer need so that you can rest happier that you've done your bit to make a difference. It's easy!