22 Feb 2010 03:02:24
UN calls for e-waste measures in emerging economies
A new report from the United Nations has warned that developing countries need to prepare for a sharp increase in electronic waste.
The market for electronic goods is set to increase, presenting serious risks for both the environment and public health.
India and China were singled out in the report because the amount that the countries send to landfill is expected to more than double over the next ten years.
Currently, the amount of computers thrown out is expected to jump by 500 percent on 2007 levels by 2020 in India. In addition, discarded mobile phone waste will jump by 18 percent on 2007 figures.
In the case of China, the environmental impact of an expected increase will be compounded by toxic informal recycling practices and the import of waste from developed countries.
A lack of 'awareness' around the issue, poor law enforcement and the size of some of the nations facing sharp increases is hindering the potential for using advanced recycling technologies, according to the UN.
Ahead of the expected rise, the report recommends that nations likely to be affected institute e-waste management 'centres of excellence', in collaboration with existing recycling bodies in their country.http://tinyurl.com/yhn3gfa