Electronic waste on the increase

China and other emerging economies have overtaken Western nations in dumping old electronic goods, from TVs to mobile phones, and will lead a projected 33 per cent surge in the amount of waste from 2012 to 2017, a UN-backed alliance said yesterday. The report, the first to map electronic waste by country to promote recycling and safer disposal of often toxic parts, shows how the economic rise of developing nations is transforming the world economy even in terms of pollution. The weight of electronic goods discarded every year worldwide would rise to 65.4m tonnes from 2012 to 2017 from 48.9m in 2012, with most of the growth in developing nations, the report said.