Poisoning the poor - Electronic waste in Ghana

Publication - 5 August, 2008
As the global market for electronic goods expands, and the lifespan of many of those products gets shorter, there has been a rapid growth in electronic waste (e-waste). The UN estimates that 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste is produced globally every year.

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Executive summary: Many electronic products such as laptops and mobile phonescontain hazardous chemicals and materials, and recycling ordisposing of them can pose serious threats to human health and the environment. E-waste often ends up dumped in countries with little or no regulation of its recycling or disposal. Historically this has taken place in Asia, but recently the trade has spread to other regions, particularly West Africa.

Num. pages: 20