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E-scrap recycling could triple by 2025

United States – New legislation concerning the handling of e-scrap, paired with a significant increase in third-party certification for companies processing these materials, will cause the volume of recycled electronics to triple by the middle of the next decade, according to a recent report from Pike Research.

The new data suggest e-scrap recycling performance will grow from 18% to 54% between 2010 and 2025 as worldwide electronics recycling and reuse climbs from 1.1 million tons per year to 7.9 million tons.

‘€˜The key players in the consumer electronics product sectors are all large, multi-national companies that have, in one form or another, adopted concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability,’€™ explains Pike Research’€™s Vice President Bob Gohn. ‘€˜Implementation and deployment vary from company to company, though, and some are more robust in their efforts than others. Progress on the regulatory and standards front will accelerate these efforts.’€™

Nowadays, more OEMs are requiring their contractors to be certified to either the e-Stewards or R2 standards, the report says. Pike Research adds: ‘€˜Moreover, the US Congress has pending legislation that, if passed, would provide support for the Basel Convention Treaty and its Ban Amendment. In addition, the European Union is considering modifications to their WEEE Directive that would close perceived loopholes and increase diversion rates.’€™

For more information, visit: www.pikeresearch.com

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