International E-Waste Day

It is estimated that 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally in 2019. Half of this is personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, with the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment.

International E-Waste Day was developed in 2018 by the WEEE Forum with the support of its members. The day is used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

The second International E-Waste Day took place on 14 October 2019. If you would like to be part of this please register your activity to join the International E-waste Day community. This will enable you to have your activity displayed on our world map and further details available on our website, benefit from the visuals we have produced to promote the day and link with the many other organisations involved.

On the first International E-Waste Day in 2018, members of the WEEE Forum and external stakeholders joined the initiative, resulting in a total of more than 50 organisations from over 40 different countries worldwide being involved.  Initiatives undertaken in 2018 included:

  • Conferences and events;
  • School collection days;
  • Information campaigns in stores and recycling centres;
  • On-line guide for proper e-waste disposal;
  • Circular Economy games for schools; and
  • Social media competitions.