By Valentina Palladino on December 15, 2013
All of our used electronics are here to stay — unfortunately, we haven’t figured out what to do with them yet. A new interactive e-waste map, created by the UN partnership organization StEP Initiative, shows that the volume of our e-waste, or any disposed item with an electrical cord or battery, is growing. And the international challenge of exporting and recycling them isn’t being sufficiently addressed.
According to data collected by the StEP Initiative, the annual world volume of end-of-life electronics is expected to jump one-third to 65.4 million tons by 2017. That’s a 33 percent jump, in five years, of the refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, e-toys, and other electronics people around the world have used and discarded.