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Electronic Waste Management: Global Markets and Technologies

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  • 193 Pages
  • May 2023
  • Region: Global
  • BCC Research
  • ID: 4559387

E-waste or electronic waste management technologies and recycling market comprises one of the fastest-growing waste streams in emerging and developed regions. Rapid technology innovations and ever-shortening product life cycles are among the factors contributing to the rapid growth of electronic waste. Electronic waste is an inherently complex problem to manage because of its duality as both a valuable commodity and a source of hazardous waste. This dichotomy drives the constant challenge to utilize a potential economic resource most effectively while sufficiently mitigating environmental and social damage.

Various economic, environmental, and social factors influence electronic waste practices and are influenced by them. The information technology asset disposition (ITAD) industry feels the weight of these changes due to the tremendous volume and scale of electronic waste it processes. This report summarizes commercial end-user and value recovery industry practices for end-of-life management, primarily determined by regulations and industry standards. The report also characterizes those practices' environmental implications and identifies which have the least potential environmental impact.

Regional and country-level markets are segmented and analyzed by recovered materials and applications. The report also covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war. The market sizes and estimations are provided regarding revenue, with 2021 as the base year; market forecasts will be given for 2022 to 2027.

Report Includes

  • 49 data tables and 24 additional tables
  • An up-to-date overview and industry analysis of the global and regional markets for electronic waste management treatment technologies and recycling markets
  • Analyses of the global market trends, with historic market revenue data (sales figures) for 2021, estimates for 2022, forecasts for 2023, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2027
  • Estimation of the actual market size and revenue forecast for global electronic waste management and recycling market in USD million terms, and corresponding market share analysis by recycling component, source type, treatment technology, and region
  • Highlights of emerging technology trends, opportunities and gaps in the market estimating current and future demand for treatment technologies for electrical and electronic waste management across each region, and identification of major geographies involved market developments
  • Review of the legislative and environmental regulatory issues and concerns currently focused on electronic waste management approaches as a basis for projecting demand in the next few years
  • A comparative study of value chain analysis and Porter’s Five Forces model considering both micro
  • and macro
  • environmental factors prevailing in the electronic waste management technologies and recycling markets
  • Review of market and economic opportunities for current industry participants and new entrants
  • A relevant patent analysis with data corresponding to number of U.S. patents related to treatment technologies for electrical and electronic waste management
  • Updated information on recent industry acquisitions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, and other strategic alliances in the global electronic waste management and recycling market
  • Descriptive company profiles of the market leading players, including ALBA Group, Capital Environment Holdings Limited, Quantum Lifecycle, Sims Lifecycle Services and Waste Management, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Global E Waste Management Market

What is the estimated value of the Global E Waste Management Market?

The Global E Waste Management Market was estimated to be valued at $59.8 Billion in 2022.

What is the growth rate of the Global E Waste Management Market?

The growth rate of the Global E Waste Management Market is 12.6%, with an estimated value of $108.1 Billion by 2027.

What is the forecasted size of the Global E Waste Management Market?

The Global E Waste Management Market is estimated to be worth $108.1 Billion by 2027.

Who are the key companies in the Global E Waste Management Market?

Key companies in the Global E Waste Management Market include ACA Industry Aps, Alba Group, Attero Recycling Pvt. Ltd., Aurubis AG, Boliden Group, Capital Environment Holdings Limited, Cimelia Resource Recovery Pte. Ltd., Eri, Quantum Lifecycle Partners and Sembcorp Industries Ltd..

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Overview
1.2 Study Goals and Objectives
1.3 Reasons for Doing this Study
1.4 What's New in this Update?
1.5 Scope of Report
1.6 Information Sources
1.7 Intended Audience
1.8 Methodology
1.9 Geographic Breakdown
1.10 Analyst's Credentials
1.11 Custom Research
1.12 Related Research Reports

Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Market Overview
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Technological Background and Advancements
3.2.1 E-Waste Management History
3.2.2 Composition and Hazardous Components of Electronic Waste
3.2.3 Hazardous Compounds of Electronic Waste
3.3 Risks Associated With E-Waste Treatment
3.3.1 Collection and Dismantling
3.3.2 Mechanical Shredding and Separation
3.3.3 Pyrometallurgical Processing
3.3.4 Hydrometallurgical Processing
3.3.5 the Incineration of E-Waste
3.3.6 Recycling of Plastics
3.4 Electronic Waste Regulation, Legislation, and Policies
3.4.1 U.S.
3.4.2 Canada
3.4.3 European Union
3.4.4 Japan
3.4.5 China
3.4.6 India
3.4.7 Australia
3.4.8 Brazil
3.5 New Developments in Electronic Waste Management and Recycling
3.5.1 Plasma Gasification for Electronic Waste Treatment
3.5.2 Molten Metal Technology
3.5.3 Bio-Metallurgy for Metals Recovery from Electronic Waste
3.5.4 Practical Applications of Bioleaching for Electronic Waste Treatment
3.5.5 Thermal Pulsed Plasma Technology for Electronic Waste Treatment
3.6 Value Chain Analysis
3.6.1 Collection
3.6.2 Sorting
3.6.3 Dismantling
3.6.4 Recycling/Refurbishment
3.6.5 Disposal
3.7 Porter's Five Forces Model
3.7.1 Supplier Power
3.7.2 Buyer Power
3.7.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.7.4 Threat of Substitute
3.7.5 Competitive Rivalry
3.8 Impact of Covid-19 and Ukraine-Russia War on Global Market
3.8.1 Covid-19 Impact
3.8.2 Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War

Chapter 4 Global Market Dynamics
4.1 Overview
4.2 Key Market Drivers
4.2.1 Electronic Product's Life Cycle Shortening
4.2.2 Awareness of Environmental and Health Conservation
4.2.3 Existence of Valuable Materials in E-Waste
4.2.4 Government Policies and Guidelines for the Management of E-Waste
4.3 Market Restraints
4.3.1 High Recycling Costs Occurred as a Result of a Lack of Awareness
4.3.2 Absent or Inadequate Legal Frameworks
4.4 Key Challenges in the Electronic Waste Management Market
4.4.1 Illegal Shipments of Electronic Waste
4.4.2 Dual Character of Electronic Waste Creating a Major Challenge
4.4.3 Concern for Environmental Protection Policy
4.5 Market Opportunities
4.5.1 Organizations Receiving Certification from Outside Auditors
4.5.2 E-Waste Sector Provides Opportunities for Innovation in the Design and Production of Electronic Products
4.6 Short-Term and Long-Term Impact of Market Dynamics

Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Material Recovered
5.1 Overview
5.2 Metal
5.2.1 Precious Metals Recovery Process
5.3 Plastic
5.3.1 Chemical Process for E-Waste Plastics Recycling
5.3.2 Mechanical Process for E-Waste Plastics Recycling
5.3.3 Thermal Process for E-Waste Plastics Recycling
5.4 Glass
5.4.1 Glass-To-Glass Recycling
5.4.2 Glass-To-Lead Recycling
5.5 Other

Chapter 6 Market Breakdown by Source of Waste
6.1 Overview
6.2 Household Appliances
6.2.1 Major Household Appliances
6.2.2 Small Household Appliances
6.2.3 Other Household Appliances
6.3 Consumer Electronics
6.3.1 Entertainment
6.3.2 Media and Audio Production Systems
6.4 It and Telecommunication
6.4.1 Information Technologies and Communication Devices
6.5 Others
6.5.1 Lighting Equipment
6.5.2 Toys, Leisure, and Sports Equipment
6.5.3 Medical Devices
6.5.4 Monitoring and Control Instruments

Chapter 7 Market Breakdown by Treatment Technology
7.1 Overview
7.2 Landfilling
7.3 Mechanical Treatment
7.3.1 Manual Dismantling and Sorting
7.3.2 Mechanical Shredding
7.4 Pyrometallurgical Processes
7.5 Hydrometallurgical Processes (Chemical Leaching)
7.6 Incineration Process for E-Waste Treatment

Chapter 8 Market Breakdown by Region
8.1 Overview
8.2 North America
8.2.1 United States
8.2.2 Canada
8.2.3 Mexico
8.3 Europe
8.3.1 Russia
8.3.2 Germany
8.3.3 France
8.3.4 United Kingdom
8.3.5 Italy
8.3.6 Spain
8.3.7 Rest of Europe
8.4 Asia-Pacific
8.4.1 China
8.4.2 India
8.4.3 Japan
8.4.4 Indonesia
8.4.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific
8.5 Rest of the World
8.5.1 South America
8.5.2 Middle East and Africa

Chapter 9 Patent Analysis
9.1 Overview
9.1.1 Key Patents

Chapter 10 Competitive Landscape
10.1 Overview
10.1.1 Initiatives Taken by Big Players for E-Waste Management
10.2 Key Market Developments
10.2.1 Developments in Electronic Waste Management Market

Chapter 11 Company Profiles
11.1 Introduction
  • Aca Industry Aps
  • Alba Group
  • Attero Recycling Pvt. Ltd.
  • Aurubis AG
  • Boliden Group
  • Capital Environment Holdings Limited
  • Cimelia Resource Recovery Pte. Ltd.
  • Eri
  • Quantum Lifecycle Partners
  • Sembcorp Industries Ltd.
  • Sims Lifecycle Services
  • Tes
  • Tetronics Environmental Waste Treatment
  • Umicore
  • Veolia
  • Waste Management, Inc.
11.2 Other Electronic Waste Companies

Chapter 12 Appendix: Acronyms
12.1 Acronyms Used in this Report

List of Tables
Summary Table: Global Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Region, Through 2027
Table 1: Possible Hazardous Components in Electronic Waste
Table 2: Impact of Market Drivers on the Global Market
Table 3: Impact of Restraints on the Global Market
Table 4: Impact of Challenges on the Global Market
Table 5: Impact of Opportunity on the Global Market
Table 6: Global Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 7: Global Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 8: Category and Types of Electronic Waste
Table 9: Global Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 10: Global Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 11: Global Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 12: Global Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 13: Global Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Region, Through 2027
Table 14: Global Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, Through 2027
Table 15: North American Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 16: North American Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 17: North American Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 18: North American Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 19: North American Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 20: North American Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 21: North American Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 22: North American Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 23: European Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 24: European Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 25: European Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 26: European Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 27: European Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 28: European Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 29: European Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 30: European Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 31: Asia-Pacific Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 32: Asia-Pacific Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 33: Asia-Pacific Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 34: Asia-Pacific Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 35: Asia-Pacific Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 36: Asia-Pacific Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 37: Asia-Pacific Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 38: Asia-Pacific Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 39: Rest of the World Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 40: Rest of the World Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, Through 2027
Table 41: Rest of the World Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 42: Rest of the World Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, Through 2027
Table 43: Rest of the World Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 44: Rest of the World Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, Through 2027
Table 45: Rest of the World Market for Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 46: Rest of the World Market Volume of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, Through 2027
Table 47: Developments in the Electronic Waste Management Market, August 2021 to March 2023
Table 48: ACA Industry APS: Product Offering
Table 49: ALBA Group: Product Offering
Table 50: Attero Recycling Pvt. Ltd.: Product Offering
Table 51: Aurubis AG: Product Offering
Table 52: Aurubis AG: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 53: Boliden Group: Product Offering
Table 54: Boliden Group: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 55: Capital Environment Holdings Limited: Product Offering
Table 56: Capital Environment Holdings Limited: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 57: Cimelia Resource Recovery: Product Offering
Table 58: ERI: Product Offering
Table 59: Quantum Lifecycle Partners: Product Offering
Table 60: Sembcorp Industries Ltd.: Product Offering
Table 61: Sembcorp Industries Ltd.: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 62: Sims Lifecycle Services: Product Offering
Table 63: TES: Product Offering
Table 64: Tetronics Environmental Waste Treatment: Product Offering
Table 65: Umicore: Product Offering
Table 66: Umicore: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 67: Veolia: Product Offering
Table 68: Veolia: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 69: Waste Management, Inc.: Product Offering
Table 70: Waste Management, Inc.: Net Revenue, 2019-2021
Table 71: Other Electronic Waste Companies
Table 72: Acronyms Used in This Report

List of Figures
Summary Figure: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, 2021
Figure A: Research Methodology Applied for the Global Electronic Waste Management Market Report
Figure 1: Value Chain Analysis for Electronic Waste Management
Figure 2: Porter’s Five Forces Model for Electronic Waste Management Market
Figure 3: Market Drivers for Electronic Waste Management
Figure 4: Market Restraints for Electronic Waste Management
Figure 5: Market Challenges for Electronic Waste Management
Figure 6: Market Opportunities for Electronic Waste Management
Figure 7: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 8: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 9: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 10: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 11: Precious Metals Recovery Process from E-waste
Figure 12: Plastics Recovery Process from E-waste
Figure 13: Chemical Process for E-waste Plastics Recycling
Figure 14: Mechanical Process for E-waste Plastics Recycling
Figure 15: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 16: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 17: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 18: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 19: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 20: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 21: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 22: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 23: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, 2021
Figure 24: Global Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, 2027
Figure 25: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, 2021
Figure 26: Global Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Region, 2027
Figure 27: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 28: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 29: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 30: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 31: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 32: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 33: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 34: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 35: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 36: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 37: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 38: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 39: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 40: North American Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 41: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 42: North American Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 43: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 44: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 45: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 46: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 47: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 48: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 49: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 50: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 51: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 52: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 53: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 54: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 55: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 56: European Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 57: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 58: European Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 59: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 60: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 61: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 62: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 63: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 64: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 65: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 66: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 67: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 68: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 69: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 70: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 71: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 72: Asia-Pacific Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 73: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 74: Asia-Pacific Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 75: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 76: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 77: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2021
Figure 78: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Country, 2027
Figure 79: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 80: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 81: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2021
Figure 82: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Material Recovered, 2027
Figure 83: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 84: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 85: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2021
Figure 86: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Source of Waste, 2027
Figure 87: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 88: Rest of the World Market Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 89: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2021
Figure 90: Rest of the World Market Volume Shares of Electronic Waste Management, by Treatment Technology, 2027
Figure 91: Patent Share of Electronic Waste Management, by Company, 2021
Figure 92: Big Players for E-waste Management
Figure 93: Boliden Group: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 94: Boliden Group: Revenue Share, by Region, 2021
Figure 95: Capital Environment Holdings Limited: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 96: Capital Environment Holdings Limited: Revenue Share, by Region, 2021
Figure 97: Sembcorp Industries Ltd.: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 98: Sembcorp Industries Ltd.: Revenue Share, by Region, 2021
Figure 99: Umicore: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 100: Umicore: Revenue Share, by Region, 2021
Figure 101: Veolia: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 102: Veolia: Revenue Share, by Region, 2021
Figure 103: Waste Management, Inc.: Revenue Share, by Business Segment, 2021
Figure 104: Waste Management, Inc.: Revenue Share, by Country, 2021

Executive Summary

The global electronic waste management market was valued at $54.4 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach $108 billion by 2027. This market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% from 2022 to 2027.

E-waste, also referred to as electronic waste, is the term used to describe discarded electrical appliances and gadgets, including computers, smartphones, televisions, and refrigerators. These gadgets contain dangerous substances like lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium that can harm the ecosystem and people's health if improperly disposed of. E-waste is a global issue becoming increasingly problematic as consumer electronics usage rises and product lifespans shorten. E-waste that is not correctly disposed of can cause the release of toxic chemicals into the ecosystem, polluting the air, water, and soil.

A rich supply of priceless materials, including precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, can be found in e-waste. E-waste recycling can aid in the recovery of these materials, minimizing the need for new mining and the environmental effect of electronics production.

E-waste management initiatives combine consumer education, business regulations, and governmental policies. Numerous nations have set up e-waste collection and recycling programs to avoid improper disposal and encourage ethical recycling.

Technological advancement has increased the global demand for electronic equipment. Drastic innovations have shortened the life of these products, which has, in turn, exponentially increased the generation of waste from electronic equipment, and global production is expected to continue to accelerate shortly. More than 46 million tons per year of electronic waste are generated globally, with a significant share originating in Europe, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region. However, in the next decade, China, Eastern Europe, South America, and several African and Middle Eastern countries are expected to become significant electronic waste producers.

Electronic waste contains many valuable and recoverable materials, such as aluminum, ferrous metals, copper, gold, and silver. Electronic waste treatment and recycling have become a significant priority for maximum energy and natural resource conservation for many countries. Electronic waste also contains toxic and hazardous materials, including mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, antimony, and many other chemicals, and recycling can prevent them from posing an environmental hazard.

E-waste, also referred to as electronic waste, is a rising ecological concern on a worldwide scale. Electronic device production has increased dramatically due to the lightning-fast pace of technical development, creating enormous amounts of e-waste. It is crucial to manage electronic waste effectively because improper disposal of e-waste presents a severe risk to the environment and public health.

Companies Mentioned

  • ACA Industry Aps
  • Alba Group
  • Attero Recycling Pvt. Ltd.
  • Aurubis AG
  • Boliden Group
  • Capital Environment Holdings Limited
  • Cimelia Resource Recovery Pte. Ltd.
  • Eri
  • Quantum Lifecycle Partners
  • Sembcorp Industries Ltd.
  • Sims Lifecycle Services
  • TES
  • Tetronics Environmental Waste Treatment
  • Umicore
  • Veolia
  • Waste Management, Inc.