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Eradicate dumping of e-waste

While it would appear that the unsustainable or illegal export and disposal of e-waste is taking place at a considerable average rate, there seems to still be a level of disposal and export of dangerous electronic waste that warrants governmental attention and concern. Since in many nations, such disposal or export of e-waste is not illicit, there is a need to make such exports and disposals to be criminal acts.

In this report, we show the reason for the need for such laws in environment terms. For instance, there are sites in Pakistan and Hong Kong’s Novel Territories where Canadian e-waste and e-waste from other nations are broken down in harmful polluting conditions, putting the lives of workers and the health of communities in danger. Eradicate dumping of e-waste

There is a vast array of hazardous e-waste devices scattered around a mart in the center of Pakistan whereby operations are crudely breaking down mercury-laden LCD, printers and lead-laden CRT monitors. The astonishing aspect of all this pollution coming from e-waste is that the waste originates from companies that purport to be providing equipment for social good. For instance, in the pictures of e-waste in Pakistan, you’ll find devices even from homeless shelters and organizations such as ERA that claim to be offering equipment for the purpose of social good. This presents a vividly wrong picture since Pakistan is a nation that has proscribed all imports of dangerous waste yet this e-waste still exists there.

 

There is an urgent need to revise the electronic production and electronic recycling standards. This is because these standards formulated by electronics manufacturers used to have strong language forbidding the export and improper disposal of dangerous electronic products to developing nations. However, these standards no longer include any language about compliance with strict deliberations on e-waste such as the Basel Convention. Instead, they merely state that recyclers must follow the R2 standard and not the e-Stewards or Cenelec standard. Since the R2 Standard is the only electronics recycling standard that does not forbid the improper disposal and export of e-waste, one can see how companies following this standard do little to curbing the e-waste problem.

In this regard, another ideal solution will be to ensure that we have regulations that state clearly what electronic component or device should be done away with after they comes to the end of its life. For example, some company producing electronic components should be forced to launch services that collect their devices once customers no longer use them.  They   can then recycle the product because they are better equipped to deal with electronic waste than the individuals using the devices.

In addition, governments should be advised to recommit themselves to the wishes of the international community and eradicate their contributions to the dumping of e-waste. When all countries commit to following internationally-approved standards on e-waste management, there is a high likelihood that the problem of e-waste will be decreased to a significant level in the whole world. Moreover, countries will no longer shoulder the burden of being dumping sites for hazardous electronic waste.Eradicate dumping of e-waste