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UN Reveals Millions of Tonnes of Toxic 'E-Waste' is Dumped in Developing Nations

by Rukmani Krishna on December 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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 UN Reveals Millions of Tonnes of Toxic 'E-Waste' is Dumped in Developing Nations

The United Nations has warned that millions of tonnes of electronic goods this Christmas could create a flood of dangerous 'e-waste' that is being dumped illegally in developing countries.

The global volume of electronic waste is expected to grow by 33 percent in the next four years.

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According to the UN's Step initiative, which was set up to tackle the world's growing e-waste crisis, last year nearly 50m tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide.

The electronic goods made up of hundreds of different materials and containing toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and flame retardants, the Guardian reports.
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Once in landfill, these toxic materials seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and the air.

According to the Step report, e-waste is now the world's fastest growing waste stream.

The failure to recycle is also leading to shortages of rare-earth minerals to make future generations of electronic equipment, the report added.

Source: ANI
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