Innovation and lower costs have created an insatiable human appetite for electronic devices.
The digital revolution, in recent years, has gone into overdrive, which has led consumers to purchase additional – and mostly new – electronic devices. The outdated or extra ones offer no value, and are often jettisoned. This has led to an accumulation of electronic waste (e-waste). While a digitally connected world has unprecedented virtues and warrants the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices, it is, unfortunately, helping create an escalating torrent of waste.
The numbers back the claim: the world produces as much as 50 million tonnes of e-waste a year – valued at over $62.5bn – outweighing all commercial aircraft ever constructed, a UN report in 2019 revealed.