“Many of the chemicals released are highly toxic, some may affect children’s developing reproductive systems, while others can affect brain development and the nervous system. In Ghana, China and India, workers, many of them children, may be substantially exposed to these hazardous chemicals.” Claims Dr. Kevin Bridgen, a scientist who investigates the effects of electronic waste on the human body.
Combustion from burning e-waste creates fine particulate matter, which is linked to pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.
Informal working conditions backed by poverty and unsanitary conditions make it difficult to isolate the imposed health implications.
At one of the largest e-waste recycling sites in the world, health problems are running rampant. Guiyu is plagued by electronic devices, and the community’s health is suffering. For children growing up in the city, 80% can expect to develop respiratory problems.
Unfortunately, Guiyu does not stand alone.
Electronic waste is polluting many third-world countries. However, it is first world countries that are dumping copious amounts of waste in countries inadequately equipped to deal with the toxic materials.
Fortunately, the problem does not have to persist much longer.
What you can do
When your device comes to the end of its terms, or you are simply upgrading your device, ensure it gets recycled at a proper recycling facility. Today, many companies offer to recollect their outdated devices.