Every year, the inhabitants of the European Union produce 8 million tonnes of e-waste. This volume continues to rise by 3% to 5% per year, which rate is almost three times faster than for the volume of waste overall. Worn-out and obsolete electrical appliances are used to acquire ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, glass, plastic and other materials.
The more electrical and electronic equipment finding its way into the recycling process, the less natural resources are necessary to produce new such devices.
Life cycle of a product from purchase to recycling: