Try to count all electronic devices you have at home. Now, try to multiply that number by the number of households in your town, your state, or your country. Have you ever thought about what happens to all of those devices after they have become obsolete and you have thrown them away?

Global demand for electronic devices is on the rise and so is the number of used and discarded gadgets. Around 50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated every year, which is more than the weight of all of the commercial airplanes ever made. If nothing changes, it is estimated that the annual amount of e-waste could more than double by 2050.

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Ms Katarina Andjelković

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Ms Katarina Andjelković is a researcher at DiploFoundation currently based in Belgrade. Katarina joined Diplo’s Data Team in October 2018 where she conducts research on structured and unstructured data, artificial intelligence, and other digital-policy-related topics.