The safe disposal of waste, especially electronic waste, remains a challenge for many industrialized countries. Due to the difficulties and cost associated with proper disposal of waste that contains hazardous components it is often simply shipped to developing countries as used products. A lot of effort has been made to curb the dumping of waste in countries without the proper facilities to handle these products, but in many places the practice continues.
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Ghana is one of the countries in Africa where e-waste from all over the world end up. The region hit the hardest is Agbogbloshie, which is a former wetland, but is now known as one of the world’s biggest e-waste dumps. Nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah” by the locals, it is a bleak place where waste is burned and valuables stripped from obsolete electronics by scores of workers.
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Photo source: Greenpeace Philippines
The port of Manila, in the Philippines, found itself the unwilling dumping place for 50 shipping containers, each about the size of a school bus, full of trash from Canada. The containers were supposed to contain plastic for recycling, but when opened contained garbage, such as dirty diapers along with the plastic. This is not the first time something like this happened either as Japan also attempted to dump 103 container vans full of garbage in the Philippines, but later took it back.