FIAR CE

Feasibility of international e-waste recycling cooperations between Ghana and Europe

While the environmental problems from uncontrolled dumping and recycling of e-waste haveWhile the environmental problems from uncontrolled dumping and recycling of e-waste havelong been important topics for waste managers and policy makers in industrialised countries,it is only a few years ago, that international attention shifted towards the increasing e-wasteproblem in emerging economies and developing countries. For West-Africa, attention wasparticularly enhanced by the film “The digital dump” on e-waste imports and uncontrolleddisposal in Nigeria in 2005 (Puckett 2005). The film produced by Basel Action Network (BAN)gave first insights into the rapidly increasing trade with used and obsolete e-products fromindustrialised countries to port cities like Lagos in Nigeria. In 2008, Greenpeace published areport on the e-waste recycling activities in Ghana and highlighted its adverse impacts onhuman and environmental health (Greenpeace 2008).While in the beginning, attention was mainly on the

 

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