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Digital Debris: The Toxic Path Of Electronic Waste [VIDEO]

Digital Debris: The Toxic Path Of Electronic Waste [VIDEO]
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As much as 50-80% of U.S. electronic waste collected for recycling is exported for processing, where discarded components emit pollutants that are dangerous to human health and the environment.

Janice Chow
  • 16 june 2011

The Guardian has an incredible video about where your discarded electronics end up in China. Some electronic scrap components, such as the processors and CRT’s of televisions and computer monitors, contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury–all of which are poisonous to human health if not handled carefully.

As much as 50-80% of U.S. electronic waste collected for recycling is exported for processing, where discarded components emit pollutants that are dangerous to human health and the environment.

The informal dismantling and melting of electronic waste is highly prevalent in developing countries because it contains gold and silver. It has even created a cottage industry of parts that are sold to make new electronics.

Watch the video here.

[Guardian]

 

 

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