Countries all over the world are celebrating International E-waste Day and Namibia too.
A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020. It is estimated that by 2030 this number will reach 74 Mt! Only 17.4 per cent of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled.
International E-Waste Day was developed in 2018 by the WEEE Forum with the support of its members. The day is used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.
The second International E-Waste Day took place on 14 October 2019. 112 organisations from 48 countries took part in the day with activities ranging from conferences to social media campaigns.
This year the WEEE Forum members decided to focus the celebrations of the IEWD on the theme of education. By sensitising the younger audience around the e-waste issues, we don't only bring up a new generation of responsible consumers, but also make the message heard among their families, teachers and local communities.
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