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Why WEEE4Future?

Stop for a minute and think about how many gadgets you have encountered in your life. How many appliances broke down and needed to be changed? How many times have you upgraded your old phone for a newer, shinier version? Probably a dozen times, at the very least. These old/unwanted/broken items become WEEE/e-waste.

We can do something to break the cycle !

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It is also often called e-waste. It is quite a broad category that can include computers, TV-sets, fridges, and mobile phones. It is basically any old, discarded, or no longer in use electrical and electronic equipment that requires a power source, either electric or battery/accumulator power.

So yes! The old phone gathering dust in your drawer is e-waste! Every old toy needing a power source, any old MP3 players, the ancient toaster in your attic all are e-waste!

E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. According to the Global E-waste Monitor (2020), approximately 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste were generated in 2019. It is estimated that the amount of e-waste generated will exceed 74 million tonnes in 2030. Thus, the global quantity of e-waste is increasing at an alarming rate of almost 2 million tonnes per year

How much do those numbers really mean? It is difficult to visualise these quantities so we have made it easy for you, check out the figures below!
How heavy is 50 million tonnes?
All e-waste the world generated in 2019 is equivalent to approximately:

Eiffel Towers
London Eyes
Blue whales

Don't despair! This can also represent an opportunity!

Education and raising awareness is key. WEEE4FUTURE aims to do just that as well as to encourage and support more people to recycle their old appliances – saving precious resources from being lost! With the e-waste calculator and the education modules below, we invite you to take this journey with us, to learn more about e-waste, its compositions and what we can do about it to reduce the negative impacts generated by the waste.

E-waste Calculator

Use the e-waste calculator to discover which appliance materials can be recycled and the potential emissions saved.
calculate now

If you are looking to educate yourself more on the topic, the education modules below are a great start.

The E-Waste Dilemma
Category and type
Composition and mass balance

The E-Waste Solution
E-Waste management system
E-Waste treatment process
E-Recycling Benefits
Separated materials
New life for materials
Final disposal of hazardous
and non-recyclable materials