Discarded computer peripherals and electronics components are dismantled at a family compound of houses in Sangrampur village, West Bengal, India, on Sept. 9, 2014.
In 2012, 48.9 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, was generated worldwide, according to the Solving the e-Waste Problem (StEP) initiative, a United Nations program based in Germany.
Small-scale, household-style e-waste recycling of the sort practiced developing countries can involve hazardous, low-tech refining of metals from circuit boards and other difficult-to-recycle items.
The amount of e-waste generated worldwide — comprising everything from old black-and-white televisions to first-generation iPads — is set to grow 33 percent by 2017, according to data culled from StEP’s press releases and its E-Waste World Map, an ongoing, online amalgamation of global data on the disposal of electronic gadgets.
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