Across the world, we presently consume literally billions of electrical and electronic equipment. The e-waste that arises from this – all of those unwanted fridges, mp3 players, mobile phones, PCs and myriad other electrical and electronic goods – presents a growing challenge for governments worldwide.
Electronics contain a wealth of valuable resources, including gold, silver and platinum. However, they also contain many hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury and arsenic. This makes e-waste toxic waste, and so it must be treated carefully when recovering the valuable resources within if significant health and environmental damage is to be avoided.
Numerous governments have recognised this, and have begun to establish systems to manage e-waste safely and efficiently. However, such systems come at a cost and there is money to be made by exploiting the cheap labour in those communities where environmental and health regulations are lax orabsent.
Thus, we continue to see a flow of e-waste from countries with capacity to safely manage e-waste, to those that do not. This means that it is usually poorer communities and the environment that are paying the cost for electronics producers’ toxic, wasteful design – an unfair distribution of costs of the digital revolution.
Clearly, this unjust situation needs to change. While e-waste can appear a complex problem, the policy prescriptions are in fact relatively straightforward. This presentation will explain how we can end all e-waste. Comprehensive and high-quality end-of-life solutions for electronics are possible everywhere, provided two conditions are met: governments must legislate to make e-waste recycling compulsory and dumping illegal; and the cost of e-waste management must be met by electronics producers.
Join this webinar to:
- Understand why the illegal dumping of e-waste continues to happen, despite current regulations being in place
- Learn how we can eliminate the health and environmental impacts of e-waste through bold but simple solutions
- Hear which actors need to be involved in combating the problem of e-waste
- Learn how you can make a difference
Anja Ffrench of Computer Aid International.