WEEE mountain growing

Global waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) totalled 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, according to the UN.

In a report, it says the e-waste comprised resources, such as gold, silver and iron, worth $52 billion and contained high volumes of toxic material, including lead glass, mercury and cadmium, as well as 4,400 tonnes of ozone-depleting CFCs.

The UN found that most of the world’s e-waste was not collected in 2014 for proper resource recovery ...

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