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UN Report: Up to 85% of Africa's E-Waste Comes from Within Africa

UN Report: Up to 85% of Africa's E-Waste Comes from Within Africa

© E-Waste Africa Program Last Friday, the UN Basel Convention's E-waste Africa Program reported their findings from studies in five West African countries (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria) over the past three years. The report highlights the fact that poor African countries are not just helpless, unwitting victims of wealthier countries' electronic trash. Africa, just like the rest of the world, has been catapulted into the information age—compared to ten years ago, ten times as many Africans have personal computers, and a hundred times as many have mobile phones. From the report : 30% of the used EEE imported [into Ghana in 2009] was determined to be non-functioning (hence should have been defined as e-waste): half of this amount was repaired locally and sold to consumers and the other half was un-repairable.It is unclear how much of the remaining import...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/un-report-85-africas-e-...

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