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The World of E-Waste: Ghana Digital Dumping Ground

Geschreven op 30-8-2009 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Afval
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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    10 september 2010 om 08:44 | Permalink

    UNEP Backs Action on E-waste in East Africa

    Kenya is set to become the first East African nation to develop regulations on the management of electronic waste (e-waste), following a national conference held at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. The aim is to minimize the impacts of the unsafe disposal of electronic products on public health and the environment.

    Delegates from Kenya’s Environment Ministry, the country’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), software giant Microsoft, UNEP and the telecommunications industry came together , Tuesday, to chart a common way forward in dealing with e-waste management in line with the Basel Convention and other international frameworks. The need to identify and map the environmental impact of e-waste on Kenya was identified as a national priority. Experts also discussed the capacity constraints hindering the disposal of e-waste as well as the collection system and recycling infrastructure.

    E-waste consists of old electronic items such as computers, printers, mobile phones, refrigerators and televisions. Increasing demand for electronic goods in Kenya and in the developing world means that levels of e-waste are growing fast. As a result, the hazardous substances such as heavy metals contained in most of these discarded products are posing a serious risk to the environment and to human health. But e-waste also presents an economic opportunity through the recycling and refurbishing of discarded electronic goods and the harvesting of the precious metals they contain.

    A recent baseline study conducted by the Kenyan Information Communications and Technology Network, showed that Kenya generates 3,000 tons of electronic waste per year. The study predicts that the quantity is expected to rise as demand for electronic goods increases. Internationally, China, India and Pakistan receive much of the world’s e-waste. Worldwide, e-waste generation is growing by about 40 million tons a year. Source: UNEP

    The World of Electronic Waste: Dangerous, Hazardous and Illegal

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    24 november 2010 om 06:23 | Permalink

    Nederlandse Handelaren in illegaal elektronisch afval gestraft door rechtbank

    Voor het eerst in de geschiedenis heeft een rechtbank vandaag een straf opgelegd aan handelen in illegaal elektronisch afval. Een groot succes in onze campagne tegen giftige stoffen.

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    15 april 2013 om 08:58 | Permalink

    Hidden Flow: The rising tide of European e-waste in West Africa

    This investigative film produced by CI’s corporate watchdog partner DanWatch reveals how a staggering 500,000 used PCs arrive in Lagos every month – 75% of which go straight to landfill. This is just the tip of the 6.6 million tons of European e-waste dumped on the developing world every year, despite international bans.

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