E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries

Author: Moli Sk

Escalating demands of used as well as new electronic gadgets in developed as well as developing countries such as the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Japan, Australia, India, China, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. will be alarming for global environment in near future.

According to the news of sciencedaily.com, by the year of 2020 electronic waste from old computers will be doubled from 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China and will increase by 500 percent in India. The most concerning part is that these countries don’t have any concrete plan or system to tackle hazardous e-waste and most of them are improperly handled or discarded.

Recent report exposes that china generates about 300,000 tonnes of electronic waste from personal computers, India generates 56,300 tonnes from personal computers and 4,700 tones from printers, Colombia produces 6,500 tonnes from personal computers, 1,300 tonnes from printers, and Kenya generates 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers. In comparison to producing electronic waste, recycling sector is relatively small. Countries such as China and India lack comprehensive e-waste collection and management network.

Hundreds of research organizations across the world have shown their concern and published reports on the necessity of proper e-waste collection, management as well as recycling system; else the whole world will have to face the greatest ever challenges and will be buried under the gush of e-wastes.

Today, it is encouraging that some countries have begun setting up e-waste management centers of excellence, and inspiring the established organizations to work on improving recycling and waste management systems. Unfortunately, a few countries can’t make much difference; every country’s participation is expected.

A report that was published on 22nd February this year by the UN University (UNU), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), used data of 11 developing countries to predict the level of electronic waste. The report shows that by the end of 2020, e-waste from computer will be five times higher in china (the global leader in generating e-waste), and South Africa, and 18 times higher in India. It clearly shows the urgency of recycling. If immediate measures are not taken, the serious consequences will soon overpower.

Many developing countries are evolving and taking initiatives to reduce electronic waste. Over 35 developed countries have shown their interest in improving e-waste collection and effective electronic waste recycling system.

Recycling is the only option through which global environment and health can be saved. People are advised to use electronics goods until their nearing end of life and give them to recyclers instead of proliferating practices of discarding them for landfills. As a responsible citizen, everybody should play the benevolent role in eliminating the inevitable consequences of electronic waste.

The users can contact recycling companies such as www.Asset-RecoveryServices.com for more information on electronic recycling.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/recycling-articles/e-waste-surging-in-developing-countries-3272215.html

About the Author

I work as a tech-content writer/editor/blogger for Asset-Recovery Services. There are a variety of subjects that make me think and invoke me to write about. I prefer writing on e-wastes since the subject appeals to masses and is related to various health and environment issues.

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