The U.S. dumps the most e-waste today

A new study released by the United Nations (UN) shows that electrical waste (also known as e-waste) is expected to pile up significantly in the coming years, and the U.S. is a large contributor. 

According to the study, e-waste is expected to increase by a third by 2017. More specifically, e-waste is predicted grow from almost 48.9 million metric tons (53.9 million tons) in 2012 to 65.4 million metric tons (72.09 million tons) in 2017. 

Of that total e-waste last year, the U.S. contributed the most with 9.4 million metric tons. The numbers look even worse when it comes to per capita, with the U.S. dumping almost 30 kilograms (66 pounds). The global average is 7 kilograms (15 pounds) per person. 

China came in second with 7.3 million metric tons total for 2012 and 5.4 kilograms (12 pounds) per capita. 

E-waste, which is any device with a battery or cord, can be harmful to human beings and the environment due to the substances they contain. The study suggested that e-waste exports be better monitored in the future, as many e-waste items have ended up heading to Hong Kong, Latin America and the Caribbean in the past. 

The report was based on data regarding discarded products in several countries and estimates of how long these products last. 

Source: Yahoo News

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