Review No 04/2021: EU actions and existing challenges on electronic waste

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This review focuses on the EU’s role and actions to tackle the challenges to e-waste management. EU Member States, on average, collect and recover more e-waste than most third countries. Collectively, the EU has met its past e-waste collection and recovery targets, and subsequently set itself more challenging ones. Nevertheless, challenges remain. Our review highlights the challenges in implementing existing e-waste treatment requirements; dealing with mismanagement of e-waste, illegal shipments and other criminal activities; and further increasing e-waste collection, recycling and reuse.