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Shifting Mountains of Electronic Waste

TitleShifting Mountains of Electronic Waste
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLubick N
Journal TitleEnviron Health Perspect
Volume120
Journal Date04
AbstractLocal users are now the main source of electronic waste in Africa, but illegal imports of old computers, televisions, and other electronics devices from Europe, Asia, and North America still make their way there. That’s the finding of Where Are WEEE in Africa?, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report about waste electronic and electrical equipment—also known as WEEE, or e-waste—in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria.1 A large portion of these imports are of good quality, have a decent life expectancy, and bring many socioeconomic benefits, according to the report, but the rest is hazardous junk that is often resold and recycled under unsafe conditions.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1289%2Fehp.120-a148
DOI10.1289/ehp.120-a148
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