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[Graphic News] Mountain of electronic waste reaches new peak

By Korea Herald

Published : April 26, 2015 - 18:43

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A record amount of electrical and electronic waste hit garbage bins in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said Sunday.

Topping the list for per-capita waste last year was Norway, with 28.4 kilograms per resident.

It was followed by Switzerland (26.3 kg per capita), Iceland (26.1 kg), Denmark (24.0 kg), the U.K. (23.5 kg), the Netherlands (23.4 kg), Sweden (22.3 kg), France (22.2 kg) and the U.S. and Austria (22.1 kg per person each).

In volume terms, the most waste was generated in the U.S. and China, which together accounted for 32 percent of the world’s total, followed by Japan, Germany and India.