Extract from Verge Article
- Electronic waste grew 21 percent in five years
- 2019 set a record for the amount of e-waste ever generated worldwide: 53.6 million metric tons of discarded phones, computers, appliances, and other gadgets.
- Just 17 percent of that waste was officially recycled, the report finds.
- Fifty tons of mercury lies within all of the e-waste that officials have lost track of, and much of that was likely released into the environment, according to the report.