StEP E-waste WorldMap

The e-waste issue is hard to grasp due to a lack of comprehensive data. Though there is considerable knowledge about the negative environmental and health impacts through primitive recycling methods, a better information about the quantitative and qualitative dimensions associated with the e-waste problem would make it more understandable and be more useful in order to better inform policy making at the private and public levels.

This first-of-a-kind e-waste world-map provides comparable, country-level data on the amount of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market and the resulting amount of e-waste generated in most countries around the world. In order to ensure comparability of data across countries, the data upon which this map is based has been assembled according to a common definition of electrical and electronic equipment, as well as of e-waste. The data will be updated regularly to incorporate additional data (e.g. imports and exports) and enable up-to-date comparisons. Additionally, as a supplement to the primary data, this e-waste world-map also provides links to relevant e-waste rules, regulations, policies, and other useful resources.

The StEP Initiative welcomes the submission of additional relevant data, along with a description on how the data has been generated. StEP will consider the publication of this data and additional supplementary documents, given that it meets the Initiative’s standards and is readily comparable with existing data. If you have data and/or documents to submit, or if you have any questions, please contact the StEP Initiative at

Last update: 16 October 2014 

E-waste related information




E-waste related information - worldWorld E-waste related information - Eurpean UnionEuropean Union Please select the country from the following map
New E-waste Rules, Regulations, Policies and Guidance in the 3. Quarter 2014

*Definitions: E-waste World Map
Purchasing power parity (PPP) is a measure of the relative value of currencies and the purchasing power of consumers in different countries. PPP is calculated based on the amount of money needed in each country to purchase a fixed basket of goods and services. PPP is useful in converting disparate currencies into comparable units, which allows for more accurate assessments of the countries' relative GDPs. Data is derived from EU PPP. 
E-waste versus Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) correlations - e-waste estimates are often too high for less saturated markets. No e-waste Generated data are available for countries with GDPs of less than 15,000 USD per Inhabitant.
Data refers to domestic generation only, thus excluding import and export of EEE, e-waste, components and fractions.
The definitions of EEE and e-waste include all EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive categories and products, including ALL professional, ALL B2B and ALL small appliances.
The country-level data are derived from the overall global correlations.
Country-specific factors like cultural attitude towards consuming and discarding EEE are not taken into account.

*Sources for these calculations are:
Huisman, J., Luepschen, C., Wang, F., WEEE recast: How to avoid another 'paper' collection target?, Proceedings of the 2011 International Electronics Recycling Conference, Salzburg, Austria, January 2011 Huisman, J., Luepschen, C., Wang, F., E-waste - How to address the size of the problem? Proceedings of the Care Innovation 2010 Conference, Vienna, Austria, November 2010 Huisman, J., Magalini, F., et al. (2008). Review of Directive 2002/96 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Bonn, Germany, United Nations University.
Huisman, J. (2010).WEEE recast: from 4kg to 65%: the compliance consequences (expert opinion report on WEEE recast). United Nations University. Bonn, Germany. Available through WEEE Forum Key Figures 2006 -2009, Available through:, WEEE Forum Brussels, 2010.
WEEE Forum Annual report 2009, WEEE Forum, Brussels, 2010.
IMF (International Money Fund), 2010. World Economic Outlook Database, International Money Fund.
Schluep, M., Hagelueken, C., et al. 2009. Recycling: From e-waste to resource, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP).
Deepali, S.K., Kraeuchi, P., Schwaninger, M., A comparison of electronic waste recycling in Switzerland and in India, Environmental Impact Assessment Review (25), pp 492-504, 2005 Yu, J., Williams, E., Ju, M., Yang, Y., Forecasting Global Generation of Obsolete Personal Computers, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 44, Nr. 9, pp 3232-3237, 2010 Walk, W., Forecasting quantities of disused household CRT appliances - A regional case study approach and its application to Baden - Württemberg, Waste Management (29) pp 945-951, 2009 Yang, J., Lu, B., Xu, C. (2008). WEEE flow and mitigating measures in China. Waste Management (28): 1589-1597.
Eijsbouts, R.,J.,J., Witteveen+Bos Research into complementary waste streams for e-waste in the Netherlands for NVMP and ICT Environment, April 2008, The Netherlands International Telecommunication Union, Measuring the Information Society, The ICT Development Index, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009 The Nordic Council, Method to measure the amount of WEEE generated, TemaNord 2009:548, ISBN 978-92-893-1884-6, Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen 2009

And various national registers like:

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