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E-Waste in Ghana: Where Death Is the Price of Living Another Day


Environment  (tags: pollution, destruction, environment, e-waste, recycling, ecosystems, politics, habitatdestruction )

Cal
- 39 days ago - theecologist.org
Attempts to recycle E-waste and donations of old electronic devices are harming poor people's health and devastating the environment in Ghana.



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Past Member (0)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:05 am
Sadly noted. Thank you Cal.
 

Cheree M. (47)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:22 am
noted, thank cal
 

Teresa W. (689)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:30 am
horrible
 

John S. (303)
Friday August 8, 2014, 6:51 am
Noted.
 

Kathryn M. (25)
Friday August 8, 2014, 11:11 am
I had no idea that we weren't properly disposing of the e-waste collected in developed countries. This is worse than horrible. To destroy other humans, land, water and air is beyond my comprehension and vocabulary.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday August 8, 2014, 11:16 am
very sad.....
 

Colin Hope (244)
Friday August 8, 2014, 12:30 pm
What can one say, except that this is Africa, where human life comes third!!
 

Margaret Snowden (94)
Friday August 8, 2014, 12:39 pm
Noted with interest
 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday August 8, 2014, 1:29 pm
Sad. People's health need to be place first. Thanks Cal
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Friday August 8, 2014, 1:50 pm
noted
 

Angelika Kempter (84)
Friday August 8, 2014, 2:01 pm
Ohnmächtig festgestellt
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:19 pm
Noted. Couldn't the government of that country ban this material from coming into the country?
 

Denise D. (9)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:58 pm
Sadly noted. This takes place in China and India (most likely other countries, also). There should be world-wide laws on e-disposal!
 

Mike H. (221)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:02 pm
We talk about e waste as we use devices that will become e waste. Hopefully we will all try to use less. It all ends up somewhere.
 

Kimmo S. (4)
Friday August 8, 2014, 6:02 pm
I try to use my devices as long as possible, not just as long as they're trendy. I can't afford to buy new ones every one and a half years. Looks like the planet can't afford that kind of behavior, either. Fortunately, there are municipal collection centers for e-waste here in my country. Unfortunately, not everyone delivers their e-waste to them.
 

Mimi Jenkins (0)
Friday August 8, 2014, 6:18 pm
So sad, but very informative. There has to be a better way to dispose of these devices. This is a very serious matter that should be resolved sooner than later.
 

Peta Clarke (25)
Friday August 8, 2014, 6:33 pm
Noted and thank you Cal.
 

cathie S. (154)
Friday August 8, 2014, 6:52 pm
so very sad thank you
 

Carol P. (44)
Friday August 8, 2014, 8:18 pm
It sounds to me as if someone is taking advantage of people who don't know the risks.
 

Debra G. (0)
Friday August 8, 2014, 10:44 pm
I knew this was happening in SE Asia, but not in Africa. It's mind-boggling that governments aren't pushing for stronger enforcement of E-waste regulations, but I guess there are export corporations that would whine.
 

Tina F. (97)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 12:20 am
Very sadly noted! Thanks Cal!
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 1:45 am
This is one way of disposing of dangerous wast give it to someone else to deal with.Disgusting but I did read some years ago that vast amounts of this waste is dumped in Africa illegally and the bribing of government officials helps pave the way.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (45)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 3:53 am
Noted, Very sad.
Thanks Cal.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 5:44 am
No more sacrifice, please
 

Claudia Acosta (24)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 7:41 am
"We all share the water, we all share the air. What comes around, goes around, no matter where you are."
Why is this so difficult to understand!

 

Panchali Yapa (13)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 10:15 am
Thank you
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 10:23 am
Noted. So sad, thanks Cal.
 

Edo R. (71)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 10:58 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Jinny L. (66)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 11:24 am
Education and responsibility by everyone is the key to cleaning up "our" mess. It doesn't matter what part of the world it is.....we all live on it and it affects all living things. Thank you Cal.
 

Hent Catalina-Maria (57)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 11:32 am
Thanks
 

Stardust Noel (52)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 2:36 pm
This is terrible, I dispose of e waste like I should, we have to do all we can, even ink cartridges from computers, some stores have options for disposing of e waste..
 

Petra M. (253)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 2:51 pm
Noted, thanks Cal!
 

Frances Darcy (218)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 3:31 pm
sadly noted
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 3:41 pm
I didn't know this was happening. Thanks for posting this info, Cal.
 

Rhonda Broes (97)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 6:38 pm
Sadly noted. Ditto all the above comments. Thank you Cal for posting.
 

Stella Gambardella (47)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 11:58 pm
Non ero a conoscenza di questo tipo di smaltimento. Si continua a distruggere non solo vite umane, ma anche il nostro pianeta, rendendolo sempre pìù fragile. Grazie per la condivisione.
 

june t. (65)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 12:45 am
thanks for the post
 

Lorna B. (21)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:17 am
noted thanks. there has to be a better safer way
 

Adnan Osmanovic (41)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 7:00 am
One more proof for me that exists the plan for reducing human population on planet Earth, and most African countries are the first on the list, because there is the most poor and sick people.
Monstrously, ruthlessly and callously...
 

Carol Johnson (2)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 11:01 pm
Noted....thanks
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Monday August 11, 2014, 5:57 am
noted, tks
 

Marliese B. (63)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:28 pm
Th
Thank you. Noted sadly. Just terrible to know :(
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:02 pm
Damned if you do+damned if you don't---such is poverty+desperation--poor people.
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:29 pm
Are there no laws in place thet protect the environment?
 
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