E-waste constitutes a small but growing part of the approximately 2.01
billion metric tonnes of solid waste that are generated globally each year.
However, it differs from the waste streams of glass, paper, wood and other
materials, in that used electrical and electronic products contain hazardous
substances as well as valuable materials, and hence require special treatment.
E-waste is becoming an increasingly important resource for informal workers
along the e-waste value chain who recover, repair, refurbish, re-use, repurpose
and recycle electrical and electronic equipment, bring innovative services and
products to the market and facilitate a transition to the circular economy.
Representatives of governments, workers' and employers' organizations agreed
at a meeting at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva that
governments should "increase and promote investments in waste management
infrastructure and systems at all levels, as appropriate, to manage the
rapidly growing flows of e-waste in ways that advance decent work. They
also agreed on the urgency of protecting people working with e-waste, which
is toxic and hazardous and negatively affects workers and the environment.
AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO)