Plastic in waste electronics (e-waste) is an environmental time bomb that has been overlooked, say campaigners.

Plastic accounts for about 20% of the 50 million tonnes of e-waste produced each year, which is expected to more than double to 110m tonnes by 2050.

An UN-supported campaign is calling on consumers to favour electronic devices that use recovered plastic.

The PolyCE campaign, funded by the European Commission, also calls on manufacturers to use less plastic. While plastics are essential for making many different components of electronic and electrical products, industry experts in the PolyCE consortium’s network said products can be designed in ways that make the material recovery of plastic components easier.

It is the beginning of this conversation. We are aware that it’s not going to have immediate results but it would perhaps be the beginning of something that will create momentum.

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