Ex­tract­ing gold from elec­tronic waste

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS -

• . mil­lion Es­ti­mated to­tal amount in tonnes gen­er­ated glob­ally in 2014.

• US$ bil­lion Ap­prox­i­mate worth of po­ten­tially us­able re­sources rep­re­sented by that to­tal.

• . mil­lion Pro­por­tion of that to­tal in tonnes that was “doc­u­mented and re­cy­cled with the high­est stan­dards.”

• . mil­lion Pro­por­tion in tonnes of global to­tal that was small equip­ment (mi­crowaves, toast­ers, elec­tric shavers, etc.), which rep­re­sented the largest amount of any type of e-waste.

• mil­lion Pro­por­tion in tonnes of global to­tal that was lamps, which rep­re­sented the small­est amount of any type of e-waste.

• , Tonnes pro­duced in Canada in 2014.

• , Tonnes di­verted from land­fill in Canada in 2014. *Sources: Waste Crime – Waste Risks: Gaps in Meet­ing the Global Waste Chal­lenge (UNEP); The Global E-waste Mon­i­tor 2014: Quan­ti­ties, flows and re­sources (UNU).

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