E-waste: Crude recycling methods used in developing countries contaminate air, water and soil, researchers say

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 07:28 in Earth & Climate

A proposed US ban on the export of electronics waste won't accomplish its goal of stopping crude methods of recycling "e-waste" -- especially junked computers -- that are resulting in environmental damage in developing countries, researchers say. A new paper calls into question conventional thinking that trade bans can prevent "backyard recycling" of electronics waste -- primarily old and obsolete computers -- in developing countries.

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