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Where does the garbage from PC and mobile phones

Updated on September 15, 2016

The law of the rich

Ever wondered what is done with our electronic devices such as PCs and mobile phones?

Will say that the leaves in a drawer, in a box or in the garage along with others. I believe. But I also believe that there are people who pour out into the trash.
This text is to the people who are in the second case.

This curiosity came to me and I was looking for answers. I found many. But I will use the data I found on the Greenpeace website.

Well, the organization calls this trash “e-waste”.

Greenpeace said that the e-waste is routinely exported by developed countries to developing ones. However, said that they do it in “violation of the international law”.

Explains that inspections of 18 european seaports in 2005 “found as much as 47% of waste destined for export, including e-waste, was illegal”. And in the United States of America? Greenpeace said that in the USA, “it is estimated that 50-80 percent of the waste collected for recycling is being exported in this way”.

In the case of the USA that is not being infringed any law because the United States of America has not ratified the Basel Convention.

To stop this problem Greenpeace said that mainland China “tried to prevent by banning the import of e-waste in 2000”. However, the organization said that they have discovered that “the laws are not working”. So, said that e-waste “is still arriving in Guiya of Guangdong Province, the main center of e-waste scrapping in China”.

But the e-waste don’t go only to China. Greenpeace said that they have also found a growing e-waste trade problem in India.

The organization give numbers to India. Said that “twenty-five thousand workers are employed at scrap yards in Delhi alone, where 10,00 - 20,000 tons of e-waste is handled each year, 25 percent of this being computers. Other e-waste scrap yards have been found in Meerut, Ferozabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai”.

Greenpeace reminds that in 90 decade, governments in the European Union, Japan and some American states “set up e-waste "recycling" systems”.

The problem, they said, is that many countries did not have the capacity to deal with the sheer quantity of e-waste they generated or with its hazardous nature.

Then, the solution is to began “exporting the problem to developing countries where laws to protect workers and the environment are inadequate or not enforced”.

Greenpeace said that the demand in Asia for electronic waste began to grow when scrap yards found they could extract valuable substances such as copper, iron, silicon, nickel and gold, during the recycling process.

For exemple, said that a mobile phone, is 19 percent copper and eight percent iron.



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      Paulo Pta 

      7 years ago from the Right Place

      Nice Hub Paul, good research.

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