International E-Waste Day is celebrated on 14th October 2020

The event, organized by the WEEE Forum, aims to raise awareness among citizens around the world on the importance of proper recycling of e-waste. The theme chosen for the third edition of the Day is education. Erion participates in the initiative as a member of the European Association of Collective WEEE Management Systems.

The International E-Waste Day will be celebrated around the world on October 14th: the international day of e-waste organized by the WEEE Forum, the European association of Collective WEEE Management Systems which brings together members from over 40 countries.


The theme of the third edition

Now in its third edition, the event aims to raise awareness among citizens and governments around the world on the importance of the electronic waste recycling system and on the role it plays in protecting the planet and its resources. During the day, themed conferences, information campaigns, organized collections of electronic waste in schools, competitions on social media and other targeted events will be held all over the world to instill awareness among consumers and invite them to implement the correct practices for conferring their own waste. The theme chosen by the organizers for the 2020 edition of the International E-Waste Day is education. The idea starts from the need to bring the younger public closer to the problems of electronic waste, make a concrete contribution to the training of a new generation of more responsible consumers and spread the message to their families, teachers and local communities.


The environmental damage of global E-Waste

A record 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in just five years, according to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020. It is estimated that by 2030 this number will reach 74 Mt! Only 17.4 per cent of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled, while the remainder (44.3 million tons) is landfilled, burned, illegally traded or treated in an inappropriate way, despite 71% of the world population lives in countries which already adopted legislations for the management of e-waste. This means an enormous loss of critical raw materials (estimated to be worth 57 billion dollars) from the distribution chain and, above all, into serious health, environmental and social problems caused by illegal shipments of waste towards developing countries.


In Europe, less than half of E-waste produced is recycled

Data from the Global E-Waste Monitor reveals that, in 2019, Asia is the continent that produced the largest volume of e-waste (about 24.9 million tons) followed by the Americas (13.1 Mt) and Europe (12 Mt ), while Africa and Oceania produced 2.9 Mt and 0.7 Mt respectively. Looking ahead, the electronic waste produced in 2019 weighed substantially more than all adults living in Europe, equal to the weight of 350 Queen Mary 2 cruise ships, enough to form a line 125 kilometers long. In Europe, which is the world leader in E-Waste recycling, only 42.5% of electronic waste is officially registered as collected and recycled, and a lack of public awareness prevents countries from developing circular economies for electronic equipment. That’s why, argue the organizers of the WEEE Forum, “consumers play a key role in the growth of e-waste recycling systems and we have great expectations that this campaign will have a huge impact on their habits”.