A new report from makeITfair reveals the effect of unregulated e-waste shipment from Europe to Ghana. Around 600 containers of second-hand electronics arrive in Ghana ever month.
Unfortunately Ghana, like many underdeveloped countries, have no adequate infrastructure to deal with the hazardous waste. Most of it is obsolete and ends up being burned at dump-sites causing pollution and health problems.
The makeITfair project, the Basel Action Network (BAN), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the GoodElectronics Network called on the Environmental Council of the European Union to ensure that the current e-waste legislation, the WEEE Directive, is revised to stop these harmful practices.
Source: European e-waste damages health and environment in Ghana
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