Compliance & Risks today announced its involvement in the StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem) Initiative World E-Waste Map. The map graphically portrays the escalating global e-waste problem, presenting comparable annual data from 184 countries. It shows the estimated amount of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market and how much e-waste is eventually produced.
Information covering e-waste rules, regulations, policies and guidance is also available via the Map with the information taken from Compliance & Risks’ knowledge management platform, C2P. This highlights the huge variety of requirements and lack of consistency in tackling the e-waste issue throughout the world.
The map shows, for example, that almost 48.9 million metric tons of used electrical and electronic products was produced last year — an average of 7 kg for each of the world’s 7 billion people and the flood of e-Waste is growing.
Data compiled by StEP shows that by 2017, all of that year’s end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end-to-end on a highway straddling three quarters of the Equator. That represents a global jump of 33% in just 5 years.
Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) is a partnership of several UN organizations, prominent industry, government and international organizations, NGOs and the science sector. StEP initiates and facilitates sustainable e-waste handling through analysis, planning and pilot projects.
For more information on how Compliance & Risks can help you monitor and manage changes to e-waste legislation, why not sign up now for a 30-day free trial of C2P, our compliance knowledge management system?!