The 20 Countries with the Highest Per Capita E-Waste Rates

David Bodamer, Executive Director, Content & User Engagement

October 22, 2015

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In a previous gallery we looked at the 20 countries that generated the most e-waste in 2014, ranked by total volume. 

Here we're looking at e-waste a different way--this time showing the countries with the greatest per capita disposal rates.

The data in this gallery, as it was previously, is based on the UN’s “The Global E-Waste Monitor” report. 

The major difference this time around is that some countries make the volume list based on having very large populations, not because they generate a lot of e-waste on a per capita basis. The previous ranking featured countries from around the globe. This one is heavily dominated by European nations. 

Disposing and recycling e-waste, even lighter electronics, can be challenging. In the U.S. states and municipalities have many programs in place to try and collect and recycle e-waste. In some places, kiosks are available for drop-offs. There are national standards as well.

But at the end of the day, a lot of it ends up being landfilled. The United Nations also estimates that up to 90 percent of the world’s e-waste is illegally traded or dumped each year.

About the Author(s)

David Bodamer

Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. 

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