Pollution from the huge electronic waste dump at Agbogbloshie in Ghana is extensive (photo:dpa)

Electrical waste and its global impact on health, crime, and the environment

The world’s electronic waste is polluting natural resources, harming lives, threatening national security and costing governments billions. But the global waste market sector, which is estimated to be US$410 billion a year from collection to recycling, could be a win-win if the right policies are put in place to safely recycle and divert the waste from criminal to legitimate business enterprises.

THE WEST'S insatiable desire for electronic goods has resulted in a mountain of undesirable ‘e-waste.’

Purchases such as a new TV, computer, washing machine or coffee maker often entail research into the best brand and best price; rarely ...

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Professor Colleen Graffy
From a business point of view, planned obsolescence increases the profit margin by shortening the life span of the product thereby stimulating more frequent purchases—and more e-waste
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