About 50 million tonnes of e-waste were generated globally in 2018, with half of this waste being personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, and the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. Even in the EU, which leads the world in e-waste recycling, only 35% of e-waste is officially reported as collected and recycled. The lack of public awareness is preventing countries from developing circular economies for electronic equipment.
To address this lack of awareness and low rate of recycling for e-waste, the WEEE Forum and its members launched an International E-Waste Day in 2018 to raise the profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle e-waste. On this day, more than 50 organisations from over 40 different countries worldwide prepared initiatives that ranged from conferences and events to school collection days and information campaigns in stores and from recycling centres to social media competitions, all promoted locally and digitally.
The 2nd International E-Waste Day will take place on 14 October 2019 and to join, register a project with the International E-waste Day community.