Greenland Resource wants everyone living in the world knows how electronic wastes are going to affect our life. Therefore, we collect some data from government research and university research papers to show how much amount of e-wastes were produced annually in recent years.
In 2014, there are a total 41.8 million metric tons e-waste generated worldwide. It might be just a huge number to us at the first glance. In the matter of fact, it represents that each person in the world produces 6 kilograms e-waste annually. Which equals to everyone trashes 40 smartphones or 4 laptops or 2 21.5-inch monitors per year.
Fact in Numbers
And for the U.S., the e-waste problem is more severe than most countries in the world.
A total 7 million metric tons e-waste
were generated in the U.S. in 2014.
It equals to each U.S. citizen produces
or 15 laptops
or 7 21.5-inch monitors in a year.
Whereas many other waste streams are declining, e-waste continues to grow at an annual rate of about 5 per cent globally from 2009 to 2017, from 32.3 million tons to 48.2 million tons.