Technology 50 million tonnes of e-waste discarded each year: UN report Updated : January 24, 2019 11:33 PM IST In terms of material value, this is worth 62.5 billion dollars -- more than the GDP of most countries. Informally, millions of people worldwide, over 600,000 in China alone, work to dispose of e-waste, much of it done in working conditions harmful to both health and the environment. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.