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U.S., China Top Dumping Of Electronic Waste; Little Recycled

By       -   February 5th, 2016

The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cell phones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide.


Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “e-waste” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling.


The United States led e-waste dumping with 7.1 million tonnes in 2014, ahead of China on 6.0 million and followed by Japan, Germany and India.


The report estimated that the discarded materials, including gold, silver, iron and copper, was worth some $52 billion.


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