Photos: Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

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Electronic-Waste Documentation - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

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Electronic-Waste Documentation - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

A young girl displays a piece of electronic waste. China is quickly becoming the world's trash bin. As much as 4,000 tonnes of toxic e-waste is discarded every hour. Many electronic products are routinely, and often illegally, shipped from Europe, Japan and the US to China. Dumping them there is cheaper than taking proper care of them at home. Because mobile phones, computers and other electronic products are made using toxic ingredients, workers at yards such as this one in Guiyu, China, risk exposure when they break the products apart by hand, under appalling conditions.

 

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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