E-Waste and Electronic Pollution,the growing problem of electronic waste and its improper disposal.generative ai .
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Millions of electronic devices are discarded annually, contributing to a growing e-waste crisis. As of recent reports, around 54 million metric tonnes of e-waste are produced each year. Global e-waste is projected to reach 74 million metric tons by 2030:

Facts on E-Waste:

  • E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, increasing three times faster than the world’s population.  
  • Rapidly advancing technologies, rising consumer demand for electronics, and shorter product life cycles have contributed to this growth.
  • Only 17.4% of e-waste is recycled globally, leading to environmental and health issues.
  • The improper management of e-waste has resulted in a loss of at least US$57 billion annually through the disposal of critical raw materials, such as iron, copper, and gold.
  • Most e-waste ends up in landfills or is informally recycled, often by hand, in developing countries, posing severe environmental and health risks.