Photos: Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

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Copper extraction process - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

Source:  EMPA

Copper extraction process - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

The practice is exposing workers hired to extract valuable materials from the waste to toxic materials including mercury and lead. Children are among these workers.

 

Gangs of criminals, posing as computer recycling firms, are dumping hundreds of containers full of broken computer equipment in the developing world every week.

Up to 900 containers a week are arriving in Africa and Asia from Western Europe and the US, according to e-waste experts.

Read the articles:

Criminal gangs dump toxic
IT in developing world

Illegal dumping of IT waste must be stopped

Photos: Toxic tech waste poisoning Africa

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