India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014, a UN report says.
According to the ‘Global E-Waste Monitor 2014’, compiled by UN’s think tank United Nations University (UNU), the volume of global e-waste is likely to rise sharply by 21 per cent in next three years.
India came in fifth, behind the US, China, Japan and Germany. The report says that at 32 per cent, the US and China produced the most e-waste overall in 2014.
- Most e-waste in the world in 2014 was generated in Asia at 16 Mt or 3.7 kg per inhabitant.
- The top three Asian nations with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are China (6.0 Mt), Japan (2.2 Mt) and India (1.7 Mt).
- The lowest amount of e-waste per inhabitant was generated in Africa (1.7 kg/inhabitant). The continent generated 1.9 Mt of e-waste in total.
- The volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21 per cent to 50 Mt in 2018.