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Recycling rates falling behind the pace of e-waste generated globally

Just 22.3% of all the e-waste - any product that has a plug or battery - was properly collected and recycled in 2022.

E-waste is projected to rise 33% this decade
E-waste is projected to rise 33% this decade (AN/John Cameron/Unsplash)

GENEVA (AN) — U.N. agencies say the mountain of waste from discarded electronics and metals has been rising so fast that efforts to recycle it around the world can't keep up.

A record 62 million metric tons of e-waste were produced in 2022 and are expected to rise to 82 million metric tons by 2030, according to a report on Wednesday from the International Telecommunication Union and U.N. Institute for Training and Research, or UNITAR.

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