According to a UN report, the world generated 48.5 million tons of electronic waste in 2018. This figure highlights the growing importance of ..
recycling, which also throws up some worrying statistics: a mere 20% of this waste is recycled. If we carry on like this, the UN estimates that we could reach 120 million tons of electronic scrap by 2050. Among the most common substances found in these discarded items are cadmium, lead, lead oxide, antimony, nickel and mercury. These toxic elements pollute rivers, lakes and seas, and release gases into the atmosphere that upset ecosystems.