source: UNEP, ‘E-waste in Asia
and the Pacific’, June 2004,
One of the causes for e-waste booming is the increasing consumption of a wide range of electronic goods combined with their rapid obsolescence…
Personal computers in 2002…
- of the 6.2 billion people in the world, 1 in every 5 is a mobile telephone user, up from 1 in every 12 during 2000;
- between 1970 and 1997 the number of TV sets in Asia went from 42 million to 672 million. In average TVs can often last 10 years. It means over 1 billion TV sets used in Asia during 90’s might have started to enter the waste stream already.
- the number of PCs in the entire world was more than 500 million with a growing rate of 11.4% annually;
- the number of PCs in Asia was nearly 150 million. This was nearly 16% increase from a year before;
- US purchasers bought more than 45 million new computer systems. Currently over 50% of US households own a computer.