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Jakarta Post

E-waste flooding developing countries, warns UNEP report

  • Desy Nurhayati and Stevie Emilia

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua   /   Tue, February 23 2010   /  12:34 pm

Developing countries face serious environmental and health problems from the alarming increase in hazardous waste from electronic devices, a report launched Monday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned. The report, "Recycling - From E-waste to Resources", listed old and dilapidated desktop and laptop computers, printers, mobile phones, pagers, digital photo and music devices, refrigerators, toys and televisions as main sources of waste. It used data from 11 representative developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to estimate current and future e-waste generation. "Developing countries will face rising environmental damage and health problems if e-waste recycling is left to the vagaries of the informal sector, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials," said UNEP executive director Achim Steiner. "It is urgen...