Being the biggest continent in terms of both land area and population, it comes to no surprise that Asia has highest amount of E-waste than any other region in the world.
The level of E-waste in East Asia has reached an alarming state particularly for environmentalists who are very much concerned with proper disposal of dumped electronic gadgets and appliances.
A study done by the United Nations University blamed China as the biggest culprit. The biggest economy in Asia has enjoyed rising gross domestic product (GDP) within 2010 and 2015, thanks to its increasing development in the technology sector and their overwhelming purchasing power.
However, the financial success is also coupled by massive amount of E-waste which surprisingly reaches even the rural regions. These E-wastes are composed of discarded smartphones, televisions, computers, air conditioners, and other digital products.
Twelve countries in Asia, including China, accumulated a total amoung of 12.3 million tons of E-waste just for 2015 alone.
Changes in the modern society is the main sociological factor. The consumer population is now composed of young people who are literate with the latest techie trends. Innovation in technology, changes in fashion, and underground trade of electronic products are also among these factors affecting the increase of e-waste.
Remember that the current pace of smartphone release is fast tracked every year and major brands does not limit the release on flagships alone. Budget friendly phones are increase the number of manufactured units, not to mention imitated handsets contribute to the problem horribly.