Gadget-hungry Asia tops global e-waste generation

(19 January 2017, Manila)  Rising incomes and high demand for electric and electronic equipment (EEE) in East and South-East Asian countries have resulted in e-waste generation increasing by two thirds during 2010—2015, says a new study published by the United Nations University (UNU).

The average increase in e-waste across 12 countries analysed — Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam — was over 60 per cent during the five-year period totalling 12.3 million tonnes.

The full article by Fatima Arkin is published by SciDev.