Effects of electronic waste

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US$ income for e-waste worker

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The effects of electronic waste are...
not pleasant. At e-waste sites in Asia and Africa people burn the waste to get the valuable parts. This is extremely dangerous work - and many workers are children. See more on the effects of electronic waste below.

Top 6 facts about income for an e-waste worker

1

E-waste work is a lousy career

E-waste workers are paid as little as 1.50 US dollars per day for unprotected work with toxics that make them sick.


2

Where did your old computer end up?

Many end up in e-waste sites in Asia and Africa. Computers found in these sites come from Australia, Japan, England, USA, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Denmark. Well…from all over the world!


3

What’s happening at an e-waste site?

Workers dismantle the electronics by hand and remove materials that have value. Chemicals are often used to separate the various materials. The useless parts are burned.


4

E-waste is extremely toxic

Investigators from Toxics Link was inspecting a typical e-waste site in India. They became dizzy within just 1 hour of breathing the heavy air pollution. But this is not all…


5

E-waste workers are completely unprotected

The workers at these e-waste sites work long hours and are completely unaware of the toxics that surround them. In most cases, the only thing they have to “protect” them from the toxic fumes are portable household fans. Many are children.


6

So what can we do?

Solutions include electronic products without toxics that are designed for upgrade, reuse, and recycling. “Extended producer responsibility” / “take back” implies that producers take responsibility for the whole life-cycle of their products.



Income for an e-waste worker

According to the Basel Action Network, e-waste workers earn as little as 1.50 US dollars a day giving them an annual income of about 550 dollars.


E-waste work is a lousy career

Where did your old computer end up?

What’s happening at an e-waste site?

E-waste is extremely toxic

E-waste workers are completely unprotected

So what can we do?

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