By the end of 2024, the USB-C charging port will be mandatory on all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in Europe. Sima: “Well, 51 thousand tons of electronic waste every year in the EU”
The Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (Sima) welcomes the final decision of the European Parliament on the single charger, which provides that by the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU will have to be equipped with a port USB-C charging station. “Electronic waste is the fastest growing category of waste in the EU and around 51 thousand tons of electronic waste are produced every year in Europe, 44.7 million tons worldwide, with a negative impact on the environment considering that devices discarded electrical and electronic devices contain potentially harmful materials that generate pollution and increase the risks for the people involved in disposal “, explains the president, Alessandro Miani.
In Italy it is estimated that every citizen produces about 16.6 kg of electronic waste per year, but the correct disposal of these products is rarely carried out: in our country only 32.1% of electronic waste is recycled, compared to an EU average. by about 40%.
“On the subject, enormous progress has been made, with the number of electronic chargers going from 30 different models in 2009 to the 3 standard types currently on the market – continues Miani – The introduction of a universal charger, therefore, will have undeniable environmental benefits, because it will make it possible to reduce the quantities of electronic waste produced each year by citizens who use smartphones, tablets and other devices “.