The Deathly Effects of E-Waste

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E-waste is a leading cause of 23% of deaths in developing countries. Photo: Shutterstock.

Trashing our old electronics could be putting millions of people at risk. Photo: Shutterstock

Many people in developed countries seem to think that the electronics they dispose of float up into the magical used-technology land in the sky.

Such is not the case. According to a recent report by the BBC, e-waste pollution is causing severe health concerns for millions of people around the world, mostly in the developing nations of Africa, Europe and Asia.

Approximately 23 percent of deaths in these nations are linked to pollution and other environmental impacts. The report also concluded that more than 200 million people worldwide are at risk of exposure to toxic waste.

Read the report. And the next time you’re thinking about trashing your old electronics, consider reusing or recycling them instead. You can even donate them to organizations like the National Cristina Foundation, and you can learn more about recycling electronics responsibly with Project Reboot.

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