ILO urges better management of e-waste

Representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organisations agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva that urgent actions should be carried out to convert a “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” into a source of decent work. They called on governments to “increase and promote investments in waste management infrastructure and systems at all levels, as appropriate, to manage the rapidly growing flows of e-waste in ways that advance decent work.” Moreover, countries agreed on the urgency of protecting people working with toxic e-waste.

ILO is a member of the UN E-waste Coalition, aimed at increasing collaboration and providing support to countries to better address the e-waste challenge.