The poor inhabitants of these countries work to get the most usable and valuable metals separated from the e-waste products by burning the metals along with incorporating other techniques. This technique causes the harmful chemicals to react and emit health hazardous gases and radiations. Certain components of some electronic products contain materials that render them hazardous, depending on their condition and density. (Electronic Product Management, 2008)
A number of incidents world wide raised the question of whether exporting hazardous waste to less developed countries should be allowed or not. The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal was designed to protect the transfer of e-waste to other countries. It was opened on 22nd March 1989 to be signed by the countries, but few countries despite of signing it have not yet ratified it. This leads towards introducing mixed standard in laws related to e-waste management among different countries. Electronic waste represents 2 percent ofAmerica’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste (Slade, 2007).
The whole phenomenon started with revolution in the technical age…
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