Mexico and Brazil top e-waste generation in Latin America

Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM

Mexico produced some 1.03 mmt of electronic waste in 2012, equivalent to 8.99 kg per person, according to a new UN publication.

At 1.39 mmt, Brazil produced the largest amount of e-waste in Latin America last year, but production per person was lower than in Mexico at 7.06 kg.

UN organizations, industry, governments, and non-government and science organizations have created the world's first electronic waste map as part of its "solving the e-waste problem" (STEP) initiative.

The map presents data from 184 countries, showing the estimated amount of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market and how much resulting e-waste is eventually generated.

"By 2017, world volumes of end-of-life e-products is expected to be 33% higher than 2012 and weigh the equivalent of eight Great Egyptian Pyramids," according to the report.

The UN hopes that the map will provide the necessary information to better understand the e-waste problem around the world and assist governments in designing the necessary policies to deal with the issue.

The map is available here.

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