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INTERPOL-coordinated EU project outlines roadmap against unregulated e-waste
25 September 2015
LYON, France – A comprehensive two-year investigation into Europe’s used and waste electronics market has concluded that illicitly traded or unregulated e-waste within the region represents some 10 times the quantity of undocumented e-waste exported from Europe.
 
The European Union-funded project, Countering WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Illegal Trade (CWIT), was coordinated by INTERPOL, in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, the WEEE Forum, the Cross-Border Research Association, Zanasi & Partners and Compliance and Risks.

The research found that more than 10 times the 400,000 tonnes of e-waste exported ‒ some 4.7 million tonnes ‒ was wrongfully mismanaged or illegally traded within Europe itself.

In addition, the widespread theft of valuable components such as circuit boards and precious metals from waste electronics results in a serious loss of materials and resources for compliant waste processors in Europe. This annual estimated loss is valued at between EUR 800 million and €1.7 billion (USD 877 million to 1.86 billion).
     
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