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Five top e-Recycling problems issues in underdeveloped countries

March 28th, 2013 · No Comments

In this article we will tell you about five top e-Recycling problems issues in underdeveloped countries. Here’s the details.

I’m sure most of you must have stumbled upon ‘recycling concept’ during your school days. Try remembering those school chapters trying to explain us how recycling helps in environment conservation. I’m sure you must have instantly recollected some vague memories about some school chapters on ‘recycling’. Now try remembering something about e-recycling. Have you gone blank? I am sure you must have. Actually, e-recycling is quite a new phenomenon.

E-recycling pertains to discarded & reduant electronic devices like computers, television etc. all the electronic scraps contain hazardous toxic materials which pose great threat to environmental well being. And, although e recycling is a global problem, developing countries, however, face biggest threat because of some obvious factors. Below we’ve shortlisted top 5 e-recycling problems that developing countries are facing right now.


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Developing countries have become dumping grounds

It’s an undeniable and rather regretful reality that developing countries, especially Asian & African countries, have become dumping grounds for waste toxics from developed countries. Who’s is to be blamed here? The double standards practiced by developed countries or sheer helplessness shown by developing countries.

Actually, both are to be blamed in equal measures. But, I think it is developing countries who should take the initiative because it is they who are suffering the most. Tougher environment laws and unity among developing countries on WTO platform is what will bail out developing countries from being reduced to a dumping ground.

Growing technology market in developing countries

As per a rough estimate technology market will continue to grow at stupendous pace in major Asian countries like China and India. This means India and china are already steering at humongous mountain of e waste products. While increase in smart phone and PC penetration will surely make these Asian countries technological empowered, however growth in penetration will also lead to one evitable question: how are India and china going to manage their e waste products? Without a doubt this is big challenge for policy makers and government of these two respective countries.

Lack of proper e recycling laws

Lack of proper e recycling laws is probably single greatest impediment in successful recycling of electronic products. Because of no proper laws on e recycling, majority of electronic manufacturers & exporters in developing countries don’t take e recycling seriously. Governments in developing countries surely need to wake up from their slumber and should seriously start thinking about drafting tough e-recycling laws. In my view governments must also think of setting a regulatory body which will supervise all the recycling activities in the country.

E recycling isn’t easy

Remember electronic devices are made of hardware and physical components which makes recycling very tough. To solve this problem not only developing countries but also countries across the world should encourage MNC to make recycle-friendly products. After all, easier e-recycling will help to save our environment.

Lack of social consciousness for e recycling

Social apathy for environmental concerns continues to be big daunting problem in developing countries. There are ample surveys and studies conducted by WHO and UNO which prove that study & educational curriculums in developing countries don’t really dwell deeper into environmental concerns like e recycling. This has only resulted in society’s complete apathy for e-recycling problems. Needless to say there is an urgent to increase social awareness about e-recycling and other environmental issues via education and other public medium.

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