October 14, 2020 marked the third International E-Waste Day, designed to promote compliant and sustainable disposal of e-waste throughout the world. This year, amid the global pandemic, a particular focus given to education and activities predominantly took place online.
Rapid advances in technology and increasing demand for electronics, especially in the form of information and telecommunication equipment have led to unparalleled growth of e-waste worldwide during the last two decades. As the demand for electronic equipment increases, so does the amount of e-waste generated.
A record 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 percent in just five years, according to the United Nation’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020. International E-waste Day has been developed by the WEEE Forum, an international association of electronic waste collection schemes.