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December 16, 2013

Global e-waste ‘to jump 33% by 2017’

Emerging nations will surpass the West in dumping electronic scraps.

By CBR Staff Writer

The weight of scrapped electronic goods (e-waste) is anticipated to reach 65.4 million tonnes per year by 2017, the equivalent of 200 Empire State Buildings, according to a report.

The latest Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) initiative report suggested that emerging nations including China have surpassed Western nations in throwing away old electronic goods, ranging from TVs to cellphones, during 2012.

In addition, the report also found that emerging nations would also be responsible for a 33% rise the amount of e-waste dumped by the end of 2017.

StEP initiative executive secretary Ruediger Kuehr said: "We believe that this constantly updated, map-linked database showing e-waste volume by country together with legal texts will help lead to better awareness and policy making at the public and private levels."

In addition, some of the scrapped material from wealthy nations ends up in emerging nations, where individuals work in dangerous conditions for low pay dismantling it.

Waste from emerging countries, in addition to Russia and other former Soviet Union nations, surpassed Western nations including the US, the European Union, Japan and Australia.

By the end of forecast period, trash from the West is projected to reach 28.6 million tonnes, compared to the 36.7 million from other nations, representing a consequence of emerging economic power of nations including India, Brazil and South Africa.

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