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The vast scale of Earth’s e-waste: 62 million tonnes of phones, TVs and vapes were discarded worldwide in 2022 – weighing the equivalent of 6,000 Eiffel Towers, report reveals

From old iPhones to discarded vapes, a shocking new report warns that our old tech is creating unmanageable amounts of e-waste.

The UN report reveals that, in 2022, the world created 62 million tonnes of e-waste – the equivalent weight of 6,000 Eiffel Towers.

Worryingly, the world’s waste is increasing by 2.6 million tonnes each year and could hit as much as 82 million tonnes by 2030.

Kees Baldé, lead author of the report, said: ‘No more than 1% of demand for essential rare earth elements is met by e-waste recycling. Simply put: Business as usual can’t continue.’

A third of the 62 million tonnes of e-waste generated in 2022 was classed as 'small devices', which includes everything from toys to microwaves

A third of the 62 million tonnes of e-waste generated in 2022 was classed as ‘small devices’, which includes everything from toys to microwaves.

A further 4.6 million tonnes comes from what the report calls ‘small IT and telecommunications equipment’.

This includes some of the most commonly used devices such as laptops, mobile phones, GPS devices, and routers.

In the future, the researchers suggest that solar panels could become one of the bigger contributors to e-waste.

In 2022 only 600,000 tonnes of solar panels ended up as e-waste, but by 2030 this could grow to 2.4 million tonnes.

Nikhil Seth, executive director for UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), said: ‘Amidst the hopeful embrace of solar panels and electronic equipment to combat the climate crisis and drive digital progress, the emergence in e-waste requires urgent attention.’

European countries are the biggest producers of e-waste per capita, creating 17.6kg per person each year on average.

This is followed by Oceania at 16.3kg per person, the Americas at 14.1kg, and Asia at 6.4kg per person.

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