The Moral Dilemmas of E-Waste


E-waste is growing. Computers, phones and other electronic devices are increasingly being discarded, as StEP’s e-waste world map shows. Planned and perceived obsolescence make us buy more of them, we discard them when we consider they are not useful anymore, but there are no adequate recycling mechanisms. As a result e-waste is piling up. The different approaches to e-waste management can be presented in the form a dilemma:

A) E-waste contains hazardous elements. Electronic components contain toxics and their manipulation without proper tools can easily release them, resulting in environmental damage and health hazards…

B) E-waste is a source of income and an incipient local industry. Metals and plastics can be scrapped out of old electronics and be sold in local markets for smelting and recycling, closing the materials loop….

Read the full article at ICT Works: “The Moral Dilemmas of E-Waste”