E-Waste Is on the Rise; Teams Are Working on the Right Ways to Dispose of It
As the desire for new tech piles up, so does the electrical and electronic waste. The amount of e-waste is expected to increase to 52.2 million metric tons a year by 2021, up from 44.7 million metric tons annually in 2016, according to the 2017 Global E-Waste Monitor. In response, more governments are requiring and implementing legislation to ensure proper disposal, including in Thailand, across Europe and in India. Meanwhile China, which has long been the world's largest importer of e-waste, banned the import of 24 types of electronic waste earlier this year.