British "nature" magazine: calling for global co-operate on e-waste pollution

Author:Suny Group

At present, the most developed countries made a large number of electronic waste is transported to the developing countries. To this end, Britain's a paper published in nature, impurities, through the international cooperation should be taken to stop the developed countries to developing countries export e-waste.


ature magazine: calling for global co-operate on e-waste pollution

Electronic waste refers to the electrical or electronic devices have been abandoned, including home appliances, computer, communications electronics, electronic science and technology out products, etc. Electronic waste has many resources, also contains a variety of harmful substances, such as lead inside the tube, computer components and cell phone in the raw materials of arsenic and mercury substances such as arsenic and cadmium.

In 2012, China dealt with 70% of the world's electronic waste, the rest of the trash was shipped to India, Nigeria and other countries in east Asia and Africa. Non-toxic materials such as steel, copper, gold value is very high, mining recovery cost is lower than natural deposits, so often be recycled. Locals gain does not poor income at the same time, however, are facing very serious threat. Informal waste treatment plants emit toxic substances, volatile organic chemicals, and heavy metals, may be bad for the environment and human health.

Global e-waste measures should include: establish international standards; To set up the approval processing company, to promote technology transfer trade organizations; More powerful national legislation, a ban on imports of toxic substances, enhance consumer awareness of the problem.