Hi-Tech yet Highly Toxic: Electronic and E-Waste
There is no gainsaying the importance of computers in today's technological development. Computers that were so rare barely 20 years ago are now almost a banality in most countries, including the developing world. However, the increase in numbers has posed a new danger of how to dispose of old computers. The practice has been to throw decrepit computers into dumpsites thus posing a fatal threat to the environment and the people. In this paper, we review the dangers posed by high tech products when they are not disposed of in the correct manner. In particular we discuss how rich nations dump toxic wastes in poor countries as a way of “assisting” them cope with economic problems. Garbage imperialism poses a real threat to world stability and health.
Keywords: computers, technology, toxic wastes, conventions, environment
Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa Vol. 1 (2) 2009: pp. 46-61