Global Policy on E-Waste Management

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 AccraGhana, 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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