July 24, 2014

The Global Impact of E-waste

A recent study in the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology, has found that nearly a quarter of e-waste generated by developed countries gets dumped into just seven developing countries. This potentially poses severe health risks for the local inhabitants of said countries and threatens our environment immensely.

The rapid growth of electronic waste in these developing countries has caused for alarm and for good reason. According to pddnet, while it can be argued that “this practice can help people in resource-poor countries acquire technology or earn income from selling reusable parts and raw materials from the waste,” there is still no set of rules or regulations in place to prevent these electronics miners from hurting themselves and the environment.

In this study, they estimated that nearly 38 million tons of electronics were discarded worldwide in 2005, and nearly a quarter of that waste went to China, India, and five West African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Liberia. The study also indicates that e-waste numbers will top 72 million tons by 2017. The numbers are alarming but the proof is in the pudding, and that pudding is constant technological advancement. Many electronics become obsolete just months after hitting the market, and if we don’t act soon, we will inevitably face the consequences.

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