The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 Quantities, Flows, and Resources

The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 is a collaborative effort of the United Nations University (UNU) represented through its Vice-Rectorate in Europe hosted Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

This report provides the most comprehensive overview of global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions. The report includes up-to-date information on the amounts of e-waste generated and recycled, makes predictions until 2021, and provides information on the progress made in terms of e-waste legislation. The e-waste volumes are indicative of the recycling industry’s potential to recover secondary resources, as well as setting environmental targets for detoxification.

The report highlights the need for better e-waste data and information for policymakers to track progress, identify the need for action, and to achieve sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Monitor Features

1. What is e-waste?

Definition, product categories, disposal routes, key issues.


2. EEE incl. ICT consumption trends

Development of products put on market, changing configuration, life-time


3. Availability, standards and methodologies to measure e-waste

Shortage of e-waste statistics, need for globally harmonized approach


4. Global e-waste status and trend

Development of global e-waste mountain.


5. Transboundary movement of e-waste

International frameworks, imports & exports, case study in e.g. Nigeria


6. Status of e-waste legislation

Existing policies and legislation and their enforcement


7. Urban mining of e-waste

Resource recovery – today and potential


8. Regional e-waste status and trends

Present situation: challenges, developments and trends

Sample Chapters


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Other E-waste Data Resources

  • Global

    • E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, flows and resources

  • Regional

    • Regional E-waste Monitor 2016: East and Southeast Asia

  • Other

    • eWaste in Latin America 2015: Statistical analysis and policy recommendations

  • Other

    • Step e-waste world map Comparable, country-level data

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