• Consultation - Measuring the Global Progress of E-waste Legislation

    A working document on the development of a methodology for measuring the progress on e-waste management legislation globally has been prepared by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership for consultation. Anyone is invited to provide feedback on the methodology to calculate a global e-waste indicator on legislation, to provide suggestions on the practical steps needed to be taken for the implementation of the indicator and to support with determining the applicability of the methodology in like with the e-waste targets of the International Telecommunication Union. The deadline for inputs (contact details in the document) is 31st July 2022.

  • Regional E-waste Monitor CIS + Georgia

    The Regional E-waste Monitor for the CIS + Georgia 2021 provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

  • Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021

    The Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021 provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste in Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, The State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

  • Global E-waste Monitor 2020

    The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 provides the most comprehensive overview of the global e-waste challenge, explains how it fits into international efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and discusses how to create a sustainable society and circular economy. The report provides a national and regional analysis on e-waste quantities and legislative instruments, and makes predictions until 2030. It also encourages decision-makers to increase activities to measure and monitor e-waste using an internationally recognised methodological framework.

  • Global E-Waste Monitor 2017

    The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 provides the most comprehensive overview of global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions. The report includes up-to-date information on the amounts of e-waste generated and recycled, makes predictions until 2021, and provides information on the progress made in terms of e-waste legislation.

  • E-WASTE Flyer

    The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) was founded in 2017 by the international Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Assosciation (ISWA). The objectives of this Partnership are to monitor developments of e-waste over time, and to help countries to produce e-waste statistics. The initiative will inform policy makers, industries, academia, media and the general public by enhancing the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • E-Waste Statistics Guidelines

    The e-waste statistics guidelines on classification reporting and indicators propose a sound measurement framework that integrates available statistical data and non-statistical data sources into e-waste statistics to improve comparability between countries. The framework captures the most important elements of e-waste and is relevant to all countries that aim to gather data and compile statistics on e-waste.

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What is E-waste?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and its parts that have been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of re-use. E-waste is also referred to as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), electronic waste or e-scrap in different regions and under different circumstances in the world. It includes a wide range of products – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply. E-waste is one of the fastest growing and most complex waste streams in the world, affecting both human health and the environment, and proliferating a loss of valuable raw materials. Read more.

Importance of data & statistics

• Improves comparability between countries. • Serves as a basis for e-waste statistics, e-waste indicators and contribute to the SDGs. • Allows monitoring of the quantities and flows of e-waste which is essential for evaluating developments over time, and to set and assess targets towards a sustainable society and circular economy, and to identify best practices for policy.

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The Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021

The Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021 provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste in Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, I...

Regional E-waste Monitor for the CIS + Georgia 2021

The Regional E-waste Monitor for the CIS + Georgia 2021 provides an assessment of statistics, legislation, and management infrastructure of e-waste in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kaza...

EU-28, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland collect and report 55% of WEEE

UNITAR/United Nations University present an in-depth review on the WEEE Collection Rates in the EU-28, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, which shows that the implementation mechanisms of WEEE leg...

The Dutch WEEE Flows 2020: What happened between 2010 and 2018?

“The Dutch WEEE Flows 2020: What happened between 2010 and 2018?” quantifies the 2018 Dutch WEEE Flows in 2018 manner comparable to the Dutch WEEE Flows study of 2010. This report presents the E...

Monitoring Exports of used Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) from the Netherlands

An integrated method for monitoring exports for reuse

Today (UNU/UNITAR)  SCYCLE published a report summarizing a new integrated method for monitoring the export of used electric...

Surge in Global E-waste, up 21 per cent in 5 years

The third edition of The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 launched today by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), provides comprehensive insight to address the global e-waste challenge. A...

Global E-waste Monitor wins European Advanced SDG Award 2018

For its excellence in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the NEW WAYS Center for Sustainable Development Vienna/Austria awarded the Global E-waste Monitor the Eur...

An end to electronic waste: United Nations organizations highlight their commitment

On Wednesday 21st March 2018, organizations from the United Nations system, most active in addressing the global e-waste challenge, signed a Letter of Intent paving the way for coordination and ...