E-waste is the fastest-growing element of the world’s domestic waste stream, according to a 2017 report by the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor. About 50-million tonnes will be produced annually this year — about 7kg for every person in the world. Just 20 % will be collected and recycled.

The rest is undocumented, meaning it likely ends up in landfill, is incinerated, traded illegally or processed in a substandard way. That means hazardous substances spilling into the environment, poisoning the ground and people living nearby.

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