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Earth911 talks with Pascal Leroy, Director General of the WEEE Forum. October 14th is International E-Waste Day, when the world’s electronics producers and recyclers collaborate to extend the restoration and reuse of the greater than 63.2 million tons of e-waste produced yearly. But only 17.4% of that e-waste is presently recycled. The expertise within the European Union, the place 42.5% of e-waste is recycled, in comparison with about 15% within the U.S., offers helpful classes. Electronics producers embraced E.U. prolonged producer accountability (EPR) legal guidelines beginning twenty years in the past however here in the U.S. EPR regulations are simply being launched.
During the COVID Pandemic, purchases and use of electronics has elevated world wide — in Europe, the estimated enhance was 4.6% in 2020 in comparison with 2019 — making it extra necessary than ever that we recycle e-waste.