Photos: Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

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Burning Electrical Components - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

Burning Electrical Components - Devastating human impact of toxic technology waste

A child runs next to a fire where electronic cables and other electrical components are being burned in order to melt off the plastic and reclaim the copper wiring. This burning in small fires releases toxic chemicals into the environment.

 

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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