As a society, we’re constantly striving for newer electronic devices. Unfortunately, our endless quest for the latest gadget is taking a serious toll on the environment.
Electronic waste, or e-waste for short, encompasses electrical and electronic equipment that’s outdated, unwanted, or broken. And it’s a global issue. Just last year, we produced 50 million metric tonnes of it, according to estimates by the UN Environmental Programme. To put that in perspective, that’s the same weight as 125,000 jumbo jets. Unfortunately, those numbers are only set to increase.