May 22, 2014

Ghana's fight against e-waste and how we can help stateside.

Ghana's fight against e-wasteOn Tuesday, Global Post reported that Interpol, Norway, and Switzerland would be aiding Ghana’s fight against e-waste. According to the report, “Agbogbloshie, once a fertile wetland but now a slum in the capital, is designated the world’s largest e-waste dump with broken down electronic appliances such as refrigerators, television sets, computers, radio-sets” and much, much more.

It’s not always easy to contribute to efforts in bettering our planet when the issue at hand is half a world away, but you can start by recycling your electronics as opposed to tossing them in the garbage. Nearly 50-80% of e-waste is exported by the US to these underdeveloped countries with this sort of “out of sight, out of mind” notion. However, that mode of thinking not only subjects the inhabitants of those underdeveloped areas to a poor quality of life, but also will undoubtedly come back to bite us in the long run.

For instance, many electronics are composed of a “wide variety of material constituents. Some of the constituents, such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury, could pose risks to human health or the environment” (US EPA). By neglecting to properly manage electronics and appliances at their end-of-life, we risk releasing those harmful materials and toxins into the environment, potentially causing illness and even death.

It’s our mission to reuse and recycle electronics in hopes to keep them from ending up in underdeveloped countries such as Ghana and harming our environment. We have several collection sites throughout the nation and frequently hold recycling events throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for events in your area, and be sure to check back here on our blog for updates as well. If you’re interested in knowing more about just exactly how much e-waste can be recycled, check out our post, “Just How Much E-Waste Could Be Recycled”

Even the smallest contribution is a step in the right direction, so be sure to give us a call at (877) 625-7945 to start recycling your electronics today!