Amount of E-Waste Smuggled into China Each Year

in Environmental Threats, Transnational Crime

An estimated 8 million tons of e-waste is illegally smuggled and dumped in China each year. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, most of the electrical and electronic waste is dumped in Guangdong Province. The waste is then recycled and sold to the manufacturing industry.

The estimated value of this black market in e-waste in the East Asia region is $3.75 Billion.

Source:  “Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment,” UNODC, April 2013, Executive Summary, page ix.

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