The world’s fastest growing waste stream, electronic waste, is illegally ending up in bulks in the developing world, creating massive toxic wastelands in the remote villages of East Asia and Africa. Both toxic and inefficient, nearly 500 million tons of “e waste” is generated every year. Most of it is discarded in landfills, with data contained on it exposed, value lost, and toxic chemicals emitted to mainly developing nations. Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic, Beryllium wreaking havoc.
An example is Guiyu, China, often labeled the ‘electronic waste basket of the world’. In an ironic twist of global economics, electronic junk often assembled in China, returns to die there as well (around 70% of global e waste winds up there). The UN labels this an environmental calamity – burning circuit boards, plastic, copper, or using hydrochloric acid to recover steel and copper and in the process, emitting toxins like cadmium, lead, beryllium, and hydrocarbon to exposed civilians breathing it.
I Global seeks to change this alarming phenomenon. Recycling is both economically smart and morally right. Responsible recycling is not only environmentally paramount, but also more efficient and safe to businesses that can rest assured of data security and the added value of resale. Lets close the electronic manufacturing loop. Join I Global in this cause, both through proliferating awareness and recycling responsibly.