Bali - Sales of electronic products in countries like
China and India
and across continents such as Africa and Latin America
are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years. And, unless action is stepped up
to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries face the
spectre of hazardous e-waste mountains with serious consequences for the
environment and public health, according to UN experts in a landmark report
today by UNEP.
Issued at a meeting of Basel Convention and other world chemical authorities prior to UNEP's Governing Council meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the report, "Recycling - from E-Waste to Resources," used data from eleven representative developing countries to estimate current and future e-waste generation - which includes old and dilapidated desk and laptop computers, printers, mobile phones, pagers, digital photo and music devices, refrigerators, toys and televisions.
South Africa and China for example, the report predicts that by 2020
e-waste from old computers will have jumped by 200 to 400 percent from 2007
levels, and by 500 percent in .
By that same year in India China, e-waste
from discarded mobile phones will be about 7 times higher than 2007 levels and,
18 times higher. By 2020, e-waste from televisions will be 1.5 to 2 times
higher in India China and India while in e-waste from discarded
refrigerators will double or triple. India
Moreover, most e-waste in
is improperly handled, much of it incinerated by backyard recyclers to recover
valuable metals like gold - practices that release steady plumes of far-reaching
toxic pollution and yield very low metal recovery rates compared to state-of-the-art
industrial facilities. China
The full release can be downloaded under unep.org. http://www.unep.org/PDF/PressReleases/E-Waste_publication_screen_FINALVERSION-sml.pdf
Source: RecyclingPortal.EU. 23 February 2010http://www.recyclingportal.eu/artikel/23696.shtml