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Asia`s 5-year e-waste total is heavier than Pyramid of Giza

Published: 15 January 2017 Sunday, 12:03  PM

Asia`s 5-year e-waste total is heavier than Pyramid of Giza

Bonn, Jan 15 (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- E-waste generated in Asia in the past five years adds up to more than two times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza, according to a United Nations University report released Sunday.

Increased consumption of electronics goods contributed to the 12.3 million tons of e-waste produced by Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, the report said.

"China alone more than doubled its generation of e-waste between 2010 and 2015," up 107 per cent to 6.7 million tons, according to a press release about the report, "Regional E-waste Monitor: East and Southeast Asia."

Hong Kong had the highest per-capita e-waste generation, with an estimated 21.7 kilograms produced per person in 2015, according to the report.

The lowest per-capita e-waste generator was Cambodia, at 1.1 kilogram per person.

More gadgets, more consumers and more rapid device replacement have contributed to the growth of e-waste, the report said.

The report also raised concerns around improper and illegal e-waste dumping.

"Open burning and acid bath recycling in the informal sector have serious negative impacts on processers` occupational health," the report said.

Exposure from improper e-waste treatment has been linked to a number of health issues, including altered thyroid function, reduced lung function and reduced childhood growth, according to the report.

The barriers to proper disposal include a lack of awareness, ignorance of collection or recycling systems that require payment and weak enforcement, the report added.