Gallery: Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

 

If you’ve ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many products discarded by developed nations like Germany, the U.S. and England wind up in Africa, and they’re poisoning the continent’s children with harmful toxins like lead, cadmium and mercury.

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5 Comments

  1. Annie Leonard's Story o... November 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    […] not by any means the solution to the problem. As we’ve written before, those electronics get sent to developing countries where they poison the communities and people that work on and near […]

  2. Oil Trader Trafigura Fi... July 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    […] dispose of it. Rather than having it properly treated, the ship decided to cut costs and dumped the hazardous waste near the Ivory Coast. As it stands officially, 15 people were killed as a result and thousands were […]

  3. Oil Trader Trafigura Fi... July 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    […] dispose of it. Rather than having it properly treated, the ship decided to cut costs and dumped the hazardous waste near the Ivory Coast. As it stands officially, 15 people were killed as a result and thousands were […]

  4. jeanX December 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    All of US waste goes to landfills or Africa, where it poisons little kids.
    That’s why I have kept all the electronics I have ever owned,
    in my house.

  5. norder December 11, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    since the shipping has been paid and there is an inexpensive labor force, where are the recycle companies for plastic/bioplastic, mercury, etc… ?

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