United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Lepawsky challenges UNEP’s premise in its May report that the key driver for illegal e-waste shipments “is the profit generated from payments for safe disposal of waste that in reality is either dumped or unsafely recycled”. For this to be the case, he says, there would have to be instances of Ghanaians receiving payment specifically for receiving and disposing of imported e-waste. Yet, to his knowledge, this has never happened.” 

Meta-Actor: Journalism

Source Document: http://www.scidev.net/global/digital-divide/multimedia/electronic-waste-dump-supplies-ghana.html


“Environmentalists worry that, if improperly handled, used electronics like TV screens, computer monitors, and even cell phones can have devastating consequences for the air, land, and water.   Jim Puckett, an environmental activist at Seattle-based Basel Action Network, has observed areas where processing takes place in the developing world. "Whole villages were making their living burning little wires, cooking computer chips, breathing toxic fumes," Puckett says. "Vats of chips were soaked in acid to extract the gold and all the residues were flushed into the river." According to surveys made on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), these practices are not uncommon in developing countries where large quantities of electronics are informally recycled using the environmentally unsafe methods Puckett describes."

Meta-Actor: Not-for-Profit

Source Document: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/biores/news/us-regulation-of-e-waste-exports-under-scrutiny-from-within

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