The e-waste problem is of global concern because of the nature of production and disposal of waste in a globalized world. It is difficult to quantify global e-waste amounts, but we do know that large volumes end up in places where processing occurs at a very rudimentary level. This raises concerns about resource efficiency and also the immediate concerns of the dangers to humans and the environment.
The illegal disposal of electronic appliances poses a threat to both human health and the environment. Yet still the pile continues to grow, a new UNEP report says. It says the world is currently generating 42 million tons of global electronic waste every year, and warns that growing demand could see that figure increase by 10 million tons annually over the next two years. Among the worst affected countries are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, India, Pakistan and Ghana.