El-Kretsen around the world

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El-Kretsen collects approximately 0.3 per cent of all the WEEE produced globally. This corresponds to 140,000 tonnes. How the remaining 45 million tonnes are handled is something we have only a limited knowledge of. Based on documented information, it’s estimated that around 20 per cent is handled in an environmentally acceptable manner, which makes it a widespread problem. When valuable material like copper is reclaimed by burning old cables, or when items like batteries that can leak poisonous substances are simply dumped in nature, this affects both people and the environment. Moreover, the problem is constantly growing, as the amount of electronics keeps growing and along with that the amount of WEEE.

Click on one of the reports on the right to get more in-depth information about Europe and the world in terms of electronic waste, producer responsibility, recycling, and much more.