Originally posted on NPONG BALIKAWU SPEAKS:

Urgent Need for Global Policy on E-Waste Management

E-waste is said to be the fastest growing waste component of global waste that endangered environment.   In spite of the health risks associated with waste picking, the business is booming across Africa and parts of Asia and attracting thousands of unemployment youth into the sector.

Few meters away from Korle Lagoon (source of water) in Accra-Ghana, a ghastly dark clouds smoke accompanied by tongues of wild flames emerged and spread across the sky of almost the entire area stood a young African boy, Alhassan Yakubu 19, an urban migrant stack in Nima slum.

Looking tattered and scrawny, Master Yakubu had just poured fuel on the collection of spoiled electronic gadgets and set them on fire.

These gadgets range from computers, Television sets, mobile phones, refrigerators, coil of unwholesome wires among other electronic devices.

On the other side of the dump-site is Kojo Appiah, 28…

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About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is a renowned expert in waste management, renewable energy and sustainable development. He is the Founder of EcoMENA, a Doha-based organization meant to promote sustainable development and create environmental awareness in MENA countries. Salman possesses Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh, India) and has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects, mainly in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy and solid waste management. Salman is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on clean energy technologies and waste management systems through his websites, blogs and articles. He has participated in various international conferences as session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is a prolific writer and has authored numerous articles in reputed journals, magazines and newsletters on renewable energy and environmental issues. He is based in India and can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@ecomena.org

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