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We have No Idea where E-Waste Goes

E-waste is a growing problem around the world: in 2019, for example, 53.6 million tons were generated, of which more than 80 percent were in unofficial landfills. Landfills, demolition sites, etc. – carried out, and of these, only 10 million tons amounted to a documented and properly processed amount.

Fortunately, the situation is better in Hungary, but tens of thousands of tons of e-waste are still not recycled every year and end up, for example, in municipal waste. LG’s October campaign in Hungary draws attention to the importance of reducing and responsibly handling e-waste.

Proper handling and recycling of waste electrical and electronic devices is important partly because they contain potentially harmful and polluting substances, and partly because they are an important source of raw materials, including precious metals. This means that they have no place in household waste or among the things to be thrown away, since our country also has an extensive system that supports the collection and professional disposal of these devices.

According to the UN, in 2019, 53.6 million tons of electronic waste were generated in the world, of which just over one sixth (17.4%) was recycled, the remaining 44.3 million and fate tons is unknown: it is likely that these devices were disposed of in landfills, sold without documents, or recycled in an environmentally unsustainable way. The problem is becoming more serious every year, as in 2014 “only” 44.4 million tons of e-waste were generated on Earth, in comparison with this, the UN expects an amount of 74.7 million tons, which is almost 70% higher than 2030. Europe is in the lead, but it is still not enough

Globally, Europe leads the way in recycling, but the picture is still incomplete. Of the 12 million tonnes of e-waste generated on our continent, 42.5 percent has been collected and recycled in a documented and regular manner, the best by far, but more than half of the waste still ends up as garbage.

European In the EU, more than half of all e-waste collected is thrown away by large household appliances such as washing machines and electric stoves. This is followed by IT devices (laptops, printers), entertainment electronics and solar panels, as well as small household appliances (e.g. vacuum cleaners, toasters). All other categories such as power tools and medical devices account for only 7.2% of e-waste collected. Recycling practices vary by member state: Croatia recycled 81.3 percent of all e-waste in 2017, while Malta recycled 20.8 percent – ​​Hungary just slipped off the pedestal with its 51.1 percent.

In our country, about 70 percent of electrical and electronic waste is generated in the residential sector, consumers can usually get rid of devices at the points of delivery, which are almost 3000 stores, in landfills and during collection related with garbage collection. In Hungary, almost 70,000 tons of electrical and electronic waste were collected in 2018, and more than three times as many new devices were sold in the same year.

LG’s October campaign in Hungary in light of all this draws attention to the importance of proper waste management. Many people are unaware that when buying a new product online – in accordance with applicable law – they can request home delivery of their used electronic device of the same category: this service is available to customers all year round free of charge. . Products returned in this way are handled by LG’s recycling partner in an environmentally friendly manner, ensuring that e-waste components that are hazardous to humans and the environment do not end up in nature, and healthy raw materials are properly recycled.

LG Online Store from October 3rd to 31st. rewards those who exercise this right and return their used electronic device when purchasing a new product with a 10% discount coupon. What’s more, they don’t have to worry about exchanging a product in good condition for a new one because, as part of the October campaign, LG is committed to refurbishing used LG products returned in good condition when the new products are delivered. and after the necessary maintenance and replacement of components, they will be donated to charity. In this way, customers can also be sure that their previous device will be in good hands and that the products will be used for a lifetime, which contributes to the sustainable use of devices.

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Sandra Loyd
Sandra Loyd
Sandra is the Reporter working for World Weekly News. She loves to learn about the latest news from all around the world and share it with our readers.

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